The power of commitment

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I often hear from church people that the Church would thrive if there was more commitment. I usually agree. Recently I did a Bible word study on the word “commit”. There are more than eight biblical words (at least six in Hebrew and two in Greek) that are translated “commit” in English. Most uses of the word “commit” relate to committing sin—adultery, murder, fornication, worshipping other gods and the like. I am not sure we want this kind of commitment! 

However, there are some other occasions when understanding the Hebrew background of “commit” is helpful. “But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause” (Jeremiah 11:20).

Here the Hebrew word means to “uncover” or “leave”. Commitment is leaving the issue that is concerning you with another—in this case Almighty God. 

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this” (Psalm 37:5).

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3). Here the word for “commit” comes from a Hebrew word meaning to “roll over, or roll”. In the context of these verses, commitment is giving over to God your plans and behaviour. In each biblical example cited commitment is surrendering your plans and behaviour to God. It is recognising that you are only human. It is a position of humility. Knowing that ultimately God has control and sovereignty. Recognising this as the starting point of commitment was new to me. It was refreshing. In the past I had seen commitment as the striving to do better, being tenacious and persistent. While this is needed—commitment is focusing on this and letting God be God and determining the outcomes.

The Bible is also clear that we reap what we sow and that we should not get weary in doing what is good (Galatians 6:6-9). The remnant of Revelation are persevering (Revelation 14:12). The Spirit gives us the self-discipline to be committed (2 Timothy 1:7). I have found that writing out my goals and praying over them enables the commitments I make become reality. I hope this is your reality. 

This is the type of commitment we want more of!

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