I wonder if my readers are curious about where I come up with the subjects I write about? A subject usually comes to me in the morning as I am praying, reading or just enjoying the quiet time. Today I was thinking about commitment. The dictionary defines commitment as the act of committing, pledging or engaging oneself, a pledge or promise; obligation.
I have thought about commitment a lot lately. I read the book "Not A Fan" by Kyle Idlemen and It really got me thinking about my life and my commitment not just to God, but to those around me. As we read through his book, we are presented with the question: "am I a fan or a follower of Jesus Christ?" Fans like the idea of Jesus and pray and maybe go to church, but when it comes down to putting that faith in action they shy away. They are not committed they are only fans. They like to watch the game but they are not in the game. This fan concept carries over to our friends and family members as well. Without commitment, we are just a fan of the people we care about.
I feel that commitment is something we have moved away from in our society. Therefore, we have many people who do not trust or love because they have never had anyone committed to them, so they do not engage their hearts or time to anyone in a committed way themselves. Because of this, it becomes easier to hurt, harm or cheat others without feeling anything.
I came from a family that had committed parents and siblings. What a safe and wonderful environment to grow up in. My parents were also committed to God. As an adult though, I went through some rough times when I was married to a person that was not committed to me. I know full well the pain and the feeling of standing on a trap door without a safety net. I know the anxiety of living without someone that would support and truly love me. It was a stressful and unhappy time, but in the long run, it gave me the ability to understand people in those situations.
What all this boils down to is; a non-committed person talks the talk, but a committed one walks the walk.
In the following scriptures Jesus spells it out pretty clearly.
Jesus said in Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." - This means take action and spread Christ Love.
Mathew 22:36-39 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied' "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it; "Love your neighbor as yourself." - We do for ourselves, so what is holding us back from doing for others and putting God first in our life?
Matthew 25:37 - 40 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or need clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you? The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. -We can do things for the Lord by joyfully doing for people that need us
I appreciate Kyle's take on a very serious situation that we face in the church and in our society. I love that he put the exact words to it, "fan or follower". It's perfect, it describes our dilemma - lack of commitment. Kyle if you read this blog, great job on the book.! I highly recommend it. Any book that makes us think and moves us in the right direction toward God, just may be a gift from God.
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Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.