Staying in the Boat – Stressed the importance of getting into the boat, what it means to stay in the boat, and the importance of finishing strong.
Great Expectations – Looked at the foundation of our ability to carry out all other commitments in life, namely understanding and doing our best to live out God’s expectations with regard to commitment.
Biblical Lessons on Commitment – Looked at biblical examples of individuals who stayed committed to God and as a result kept their commitments to themselves and to others.
Guidelines for Godly Commitment – Studied 5 guidelines for making godly commitments.
God sure doesn’t leave us wondering about his expectations for commitments or how to keep them, does He? One of the many things I love about God is that He doesn’t just say, “This is what you should do and how you should do it.” He also provides motivation for WHY (the benefits) we should strive for total commitment in our lives. While there are more, let’s look at 4 of those benefits.
4 Benefits of Total Commitment
1. Righteousness & Justice – “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5-6)
2. Impact Others for Christ – “Keep a close watch on yourself and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right, and god will save you and those who year you.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
3. Success – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
4. Integrity – “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9)
In a world where commitments seem to be taken lightly, we can choose to stand out by striving toward God’s standard of commitment. In a culture where commitment has become optional based on feelings, we can decide that we will do what we say we’re going to do when we say we’re going to do it.
Someone once said, “There are only two options regarding commitment, you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.” Let’s choose to stay committed. Decide with me today to stay in the boat and to live in the “in” and not the “out” or “in between.”
DISCUSSION: What are you doing today to make sure you stay committed?