The most sacred commitment a Christian enters into with God is an agreement making Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This is a personal covenant we make before God to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. The agreement you made will govern your life for the duration of this covenant for the rest of your life which is eternal. With your volition, this commitment enthrones God as the authority that rules your life forever.
Christians consider entering into a covenant with God make an agreement to serve God for the rest of their lives. The actual agreement contains two parts, the part man has and the part that God has. Godís part is to be our God as long as we love and obey him and our part is to love and obey him. Sounds relatively simple but there is more to our part of loving and obeying God and to Godís part of being our God than the wording of the agreement would indicate.
A Covenant is an agreement containing one or more promises that each party agrees to do for the benefit of the other party. Itís a formal arrangement where an exchange of goods and services can be achieved in an orderly fashion. However, most contractual agreements contain a penalty for failure to meet the contractual arrangement and compensation for complying as agreed.
For the most part, the covenant Christians make with God is a formal verbal contract that is validated with the public announcement that Jesus is Lord. In other words, verbalizing your commitment makes it a binding agreement with God. A commitment is a promise or a declaration that you are bound by what you agreed to do, this verbal statement that Jesus is Lord creates a bond, which obligates you to honor your vow.
Itís not too unusual for the covenant with God to be breached with a deed called sin. However, the covenant with God has a clause for reconciliation putting aside the penalty of death for any and all sin. The testimony of God tells us that while we were still sinners Jesus died on the cross paying the penalty paid for our sin on our behalf through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. And it is the blood of Jesus Christ that purifies us from all sin.
Since our commitment to God is verbal, our word becomes the guarantee that we will avoid sin and make every effort to obey Jesus our Lord. Therefore an effort must be made to be faithful to the words of our mouth, we should treat them as a sacred promise with a determined mindset to keep and accomplish them. Notice the similarity in Godís promise.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
Many promises are made with the goodintention of being kept, but good intentions have a way of being forgotten. Although the promise was forgotten, you should remember that those who are depending on your commitment will always evaluate your word. However, promises are forgotten because there is no commitment or determined effort to keep them. The example shown in Isaiah 55:10-11 demonstrates that God is resolved to honor the words of his mouth with actions that agree with his words. The commitment God has declared in his promises is his bond and our surety. Joshua testified to Godís reliability with these words.
You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. Joshua 23:14
Commitments are made with a combination of giving oneís word, the shaking of hands and in todayís world the signature on the dotted line of a binding contract. Regardless of the formality involved with a commitment, a commitment is taking on an obligation by choice. It is the binding of oneself to your word, your honor, personal integrity and your worth as a person. Keeping your word builds the trust that others have concerning you and the principles you stand for. The effort you make to honor your commitments makes your word a guarantee of great worth and positive rewards. Your word should demand that whatever the cost, your words and corresponding actions will achieve the promised outcome.
You canít escape the use of commitments because commitments are a part of everyoneís life. People want to know what to expect and commitments from people help accomplish every special event. For the most part, commitments make the overall job easier to accomplish especially when commitments and responsibilities are shared.
Among the commitments the average person makes is to be married but marriage leads to other commitments. You have the marriage vows to honor and the added responsibilities of caring and nurturing your children. Your family needs a place to dwell in, a means of transportation, and a job to establish a means to pay for those needs. At times your marriage proves to be a ďcommitment training in progressĒ, as sometimes you want to do more than honor the clause until death do you part in your marriage vows.
Your marriage partner should be among the closet lifetime friend, but commitments are made with other people. Those who become close friends are those you know that your secrets are safe and that you can freely confide in them. Becoming a friend is a commitment to do to another person what you would want them to for you. Committing to follow the guidelines of Godís laws demands self-discipline, with a determined effort to honor and obey Godís word. Honoring the commitments you have made in your lifetime builds the trust that everyone needs for their own security and wellbeing. Itís not just God, but everyone wants to know the depth and worthiness of your commitment.
The consequences of forgetting and neglecting your commitments involve your worth as a person. Your word loses its value to other people who are depending on whether you fulfill your obligations. Honoring the commitments you have made can make your life exciting, but the deliberate act of failing to fulfill a promise turns you into a deceiver and a liar. You may tolerate the person who lied, but your trust in what they say and do will always be ignored with the other broken promises you have received from them.