Please meditate on Phillipians 3:13-14.
I think one of the greatest problems for many Christians is that they lack commitment. Certainly all of us can find something in our service to the Lord to which we can be committed, but we must begin with making a commitment.
The key to succeeding with the commitments you have made recently, such as being in church on Wednesday evening, reading your Bible, spending more time in prayer, etc., is to keep them. Don’t quit Don’t despair, but if you do, keep on going anyway. If you don’t come in first, come in anyway. Make a commitment to be the best you can be for God. Here are four things which I believe are necessary in order to carry out a commitment:
- HAVE A VISION. Paul said in Philippians 3:13, “Reaching forth unto those things which are before.” We must have a vision of obedience to what has been revealed by the Holy Spirit. We must have a collective vision as a church, but we must also have an individual vision.
- MAKE A START. Paul said in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark.” The decision has been made. It is too late to waver. It is too late to count the cost. It is time to make the start. If you made a commitment, now is the time to start.
- KEEP ON GOING. Again, in verse 14, Paul says, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” He is pressing onward, and he will not be sidetracked. Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us that we must learn to lay aside those things that cause us to stumble, to be tempted, to become weak and to yield to temptation. In other words, keep on going to fulfill your commitment.
- NEVER QUIT. Notice that Paul said, “I press toward the mark for the prize…” What is the prize? It is “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” That means we don’t quit until we see Jesus face to face.
Let us also remember Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (In other words, if we do not give up.)