Okay. Commitment is key to change. Then, why do we see so little change in our goals, health, organization, and spirituality? I think it has a lot to do with passion.
Have you ever seen a new Christian? They are full of life and passion. They want to be at church every time the door is open. They can’t get enough of prayer and bible study, and their excitement for what Christ has done in their life is ablaze with passion. After a while, something happens.
Their life is no longer changing at the same rate.
Their passion for God and church diminishes.
Bible Study and prayer become more like a burden than a joy.
We’re they committed?
Yes! But perhaps their feeling of gratitude, love, and devotion wasn’t deep enough to continue down the path they were on.
What I’m suggesting is this. It takes more than commitment or a surrendered life to bring about real change. It takes genuine love for God.
What enables a spouse from having an affair and staying committed to his/her marriage?
This same is true for our relationship with God. If our commitment is failing, we need to check our love level. Have we begun to love the world more than God?
Ministry is hard. It demands that I spend myself for others. I admit there are times I want to throw in the towel. What keeps me going is not my love for people, but my love for God.
If I say, like many do in ministry, “I do what I do because I have a heart for God’s people,” then eventually they I give out. Why, because people let us down. Sometimes we can minister and minister without seeing results—especially missionaries. This can be discouraging to the point we lose heart.
We must remember What Christ asked Peter. “Peter, do you love me? If so, feed my sheep.”
Christ knew that in order for Peter to endure, in order to be of use, and in order to stay committed he had to have one thing…undeniable love for God.
So if you’re struggling with commitment, fuel your passion.