Commit — One Word 2016
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him, and He will act. Psalm 37:5
a primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively):—commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), seek occasion, trust, wallow
To roll: a reproach being rolled off or removed from someone:
Take away from me scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies. Psalm 119:22
To roll: one’s ways and works rolled onto (committed to, entrusted to) someone (especially God):
Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24
to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone
to forget one’s self, lose sight of one’s self and one’s own interests
Commitment to Jesus Christ is a lifetime commitment, one which requires time, work, and determination. Commitment also requires faith, trust, hope.
Commitment can build faith and trust, and can develop character.
I made a commitment to Christ Jesus July 17, 1993. I have left my cross on many-a-path since then, yet have picked it up again and again. I have not stopped following Jesus, but, when I relinquished my cross those times, I would be singing la-ti-da without a full commitment. I thought I was denying myself, yet I was denying the fact that I had even dropped my cross.
Commitment feels rather scary. Yet I know that I am heaven bound because I laid my trust and hope in the One and Only Lord Jesus, the One Who came to this earth to save me, Who died for me, and Who was resurrected for me. He will return for me one day.
In 1993, I chose to marry my husband and am so very committed to this wonderful man, to our marriage, to our walk with Jesus. I am not afraid of this earthly marriage.
‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:7-9
I am wholly committed to Jesus, following Him as He has called me. LORD, I will do my best. I thank You for picking me up when I fall and for loving me when I am wayward. I am still Yours.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
“Being killed all the day long….” Teach me, LORD, Your way in this life. I am not of this world, but am in it. I want to be separate. I want to be the sojourner in this strange land because I am Yours.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Jesus prayed for His own (John 17), committed them/us to His Father:
When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You, since You have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. …. “I have manifested Your Name to the people whom You gave Me out of the world. Yours they were, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they know that everything that You have given Me is from You. For I have given them the words that You gave Me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I am praying for them. …. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. …. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent Me. I made known to them Your Name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
I want to memorize all of this prayer this year and know the very love that Jesus has for me. I want to know it deeply. I want to delve into The Word, Jesus Christ, to know Him more and more. I am recommitting my life, Jesus, to You. My life is Yours. I am Your sheep. You are my Shepherd. I am Your child. You are my Father, my Abba Father. I want to be obedient to You. I am wholly Yours. Guide my every step. Please hold me near. Forgive me when I stray. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.