Sticking It Out (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 224)
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
We live in a commitment phobic society. Our lack of commitment leads many people to leave their jobs, their families, their responsibilities, and even God. Some of us can’t stay committed to things we tell ourselves. When the walls that we have built for ourselves begin to crumble, we tend to crumble with it instead of fighting to hold it up.
Commitment begins and ends with God. Too many people would rather throw in the towel instead of shake off the dirt and get back on the field of life. We’d rather throw up our hands instead roll up our sleeves and do the work. The truth is that the biggest steps forward are taken right when we refuse to give up.
Commitment as it turns out is God’s demand for all believers. It is a byproduct of trust. When we trust God, we honor him with our commitment to his will. It makes us certain of the promises he has made. What we commit to will determine what is important to us. Christianity is all about commitment. If you do not want to commit to God on a real, heart and soul level, then don’t begin. Because once you start, you must go all the way.
When we choose to stay by the stuff and stick it out, God reveals His power in our lives and opens our hearts and minds to realize His plan for our lives. Each of us have a critical part to play in the world. The world gets to see real hope, love, and peace through our lives. If we don’t keep our commitment to God as believers, many people will miss out on the powerful connection that comes with a personal relationship with Christ.
“Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.”
— John Stott