Convinced or Committed?

By Karen Polich

“How committed are you to God’s call on your life and what He is doing in you?”–Michael M. Cook

Jesus gave us a clear picture of true commitment. He practiced a rich prayer life and cared for others. His commitment ran so deep, that He gave His life for us.

During the Work in Progress series, we’ve looked at our priorities, how we deal with our wounds and stewardship of our resources. Now it’s time to decide how committed we are. Listen to the podcast here.

Pastor Michael M. Cook described the commitment progression as unfolding this way: First there is understanding, followed by contribution and finally ownership. Commitment comes in terms of choice, not conditions. Luke 14:25-35

“Nothing happens until we make a commitment.” – Michael M. Cook

Working in the non-profit world, I see ministries and organizations meeting countless needs. I’m convinced there are numerous organizations helping in big ways, but that doesn’t mean I’m committed to supporting all of them with my time and resources. It’s easy to be convinced a cause is worthwhile while never committing ourselves by getting involved.

What happens when we do commit to something? It can be the beginning of greatness. Commitment creates hope and builds trust. Our ability to commit will determine our ability to succeed, prevail and overcome.

Ordinary people with commitment can make an extraordinary impact on their world. Committed people live with passion. They spark change and share joy.

God has called us to greatness. It can only be accomplished when we are fully committed to Him. Start by asking God how you can be more committed to Him today.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He shall establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3.

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