Today we’re going to look at number three on our list.
The Commitment Test
If you’ve ever received an Evite (an emailed invitation, typically to a party) from someone you know, there are usually three options to choose from in response: Yes, no, or maybe.
Two of those three options are blatantly clear. So that we’re on the same page, let’s review these responses and their meaning.
When you say yes, you’re letting your host know you will attend the event.
When you say no, you’re letting your host know that you will not be at the event and that someone else can have your slice of cake.
When you say maybe, you’re saying… well, maybe. This is often code for; let me see if I get a better offer or something like that.
The worst is when someone says yes to being there and doesn’t show or cancels at the very last minute. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a party, moving, or just needed some good old-fashioned help. When people renege, it always stings.
Have you ever skipped out on a commitment? I know I have.
Did you know that your commitments shape your life? That’s why you need to choose your commitments wisely.
Here’s how you can pass the commitment test.
You can pass the commitment test by being committed to things that matter.
We spend way too much time being committed to things that don’t really matter.
Think about it.
What if you were as committed to your family and marriage as you are to your sports team?
What if you were as committed to honing your spirit as much as you are to honing your body at the gym?
What if you were as committed to your church as much as you are committed to your hobby?
Jesus said to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) In other words, be committed to what matters.
You can pass the commitment test by keeping your commitments to God.
If there’s anyone you want to keep your commitment to, it’s God.
Un-commitment is not a godly attribute. It’s spiritual immaturity.
Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, “If you make a promise to God, don’t be slow to keep it. God is not happy with fools, so give God what you promised.”
What is it that you’ve told God you would do with your life but haven’t? This is a test of your character.
You might say, “oh, I’m too busy, or life’s too crazy right now.”
The Bible says that “The wise man will find a time and a way to do what he says.”
You can pass the commitment test by keeping your commitments to people.
I’ve heard it said that “weak people give excuses; wise people do what they say they’re going to do.”
How many times have you canceled last minute or just not shown up? I bet at least once. Right?
Jesus said that when we give our word to someone, “just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)
When you commit to someone, that means they are counting on you. You gave your word. It’s a sign of your character.
No commitment that matters is easy. It takes a sacrifice, and it’s godly.
In other words, keep your word. It’s what Jesus told us to do.