Commitment 2010

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by Rev. Samuel D. Geroy

We like to make a deeper commitment every new year. Many of us did it at the beginning of 2010. That means growth. And growth is always a good thing- one that is expected and one that we ought to have. No growth is dangerous to our lives.

Commitment is a promise to do something. On the higher level, it is a pledge with honor at stake. In the biblical sense, it is a covenant between two parties. God on one hand is the main party- the initiator, the provider, and the giver of good gifts. Man is on the other hand- his main part is to believe and obey. God took upon Himself the weightier aspects of the agreement- giving salvation from sin, resurrecting to new life, sanctifying for victorious living, and granting eternal life. Man ought to accept and claim what God is giving in order to receive salvation.

Commitment brings out integrity, devotion, genuineness and sincerity in us. When we commit we want to be real on the inside as well as on the outside. We also learn to let God shine through our blemishes rather than try to cover them up (Psalm 51). We acknowledge obvious faults and imperfections, and make them reminders that we must not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think (Galatians 6:1-3).

Thank God for trials because they expose hidden defects and imperfections of our commitment (1 Peter 5:10) so that we can correct and improve on them. But it is tragic when we commit with hypocrisy because we will be condemned by God (Matthew 23:15-33). We do not want to be pretenders or actors in what we stand for.

Ours is a commitment to an undying covenant in Christ and in the Church of Jesus Christ. In this covenant we have nothing to loose but everything to gain if we remain true.

Few things present more danger than an uncommitted Christian, worker, parent or friend. These people fail their family, church, community, country and God. They will also model failure for others.

Have a great year!