Have you ever thought about why it is so important for God to have our commitment to Him?
I think it is essential we explore this. By doing so, you will begin to see why you should make a daily effort. Our relationship with the Lord is not like two strangers passing in the night. Sadly, many look at it that way and never truly experience what God has in store for them. They continually live their lives at a distance from God while proclaiming their belief in Him.
Unfortunately, He never becomes their FATHER God.
Commitment to God Draws Us Into a Holy Life
1 Peter 1:15–16 (NLT) — 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
Holiness is a concept that may not be emphasized as much in churches today, but it remains a fundamental aspect of our walk with God. As we can see from the scripture above, holiness is EXTREMELY important to the Lord. We can't blow it off or ignore it.
As we draw closer to God and desire a deeper relationship with Him, we inevitably begin to see our need for holiness. Being holy means being set apart from the world's ways and striving to align our lives with God's righteous path.
As we make our commitment to God, the Holy Spirit works within us, revealing areas in our lives that require purification. Just as standing near a bright light exposes stains on our clothes, drawing closer to God illuminates areas of sin and ungodliness in our lives. Through this closeness, we become aware of the need to remove these hindrances and live a life that pleases Him.
Commitment to God Helps Us Nuture a Deeper Relationship
Psalm 63:1 (NLT) — 1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
We must search, thirst, and long for the Lord's companionship, but also, God's desire for a committed relationship with us is evident throughout Scripture.
He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross so we might have salvation. This sacrifice highlights the depth of God's commitment to us. He longs to be involved in our lives, walking with us and developing an ongoing relationship based on love, trust, and intimacy.
When we commit to pursuing a deeper relationship with God, it requires effort and intentionality. Just as we honor our commitments to others, we honor our commitment to God by dedicating time and energy to seek Him. This commitment allows us to experience the joy of His presence and the transformation that occurs as we align our lives with His will.
Commitment to God Ignites Our Transformation
Romans 12:2 (NLT) — 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
As we develop intimacy with God and commit ourselves to Him, He shapes and molds us into who we were created to be. Each of us has a purpose, a unique calling that God has placed within us. However, we may struggle to discover and fulfill that purpose without a committed relationship with Him.
When we commit ourselves to God, we open ourselves up to His guidance and leading. He reveals His purpose for us, and as we step into it, we experience fulfillment and the satisfaction of being used by God to touch others' lives. Our commitment allows Him to develop us into the person He designed us to be, living out our purpose in His kingdom.
Tying it All Together
Commitment to God is not just a one-time decision but an ongoing commitment to develop holiness, nurture a deeper relationship, and embrace our unique purpose. By committing ourselves to God, we demonstrate our willingness to honor Him with our lives and allow Him to work within us.
Let us remember that God's commitment to us is unwavering, and He desires nothing less than a committed relationship with His children. As we journey through life, may we continually recommit ourselves to God, embracing the transformation, intimacy, and purpose that comes with a dedicated walk with Him.
Scriptures on Commitment to God
2 Timothy 2:15
1 Corinthians 10:31
1 Corinthians 15:58
1 Peter 2:9
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the most important thing in a relationship with God?
The most important thing in a relationship with God is our love and devotion to Him. As Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-38, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment." Our love for God should be the foundation of our relationship with Him, just as a strong foundation is essential for a building to stand firm.
I firmly believe that when love for God is established in your heart, all other things will fall into place. Love will drive you to pray, read His written word, obey His commandments, and much more.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:13, "These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." and also, in verse 8, "Love never fails."
Why is faith so important to God?
Faith is of utmost importance to God because it is the key that unlocks the door to a personal relationship with Him. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Just as a loving parent desires their child to trust and believe in them, God longs for His children to have faith in Him. Faith is the foundation upon which our entire Christian walk is built.
Faith is not just a mental assent to a set of beliefs, but it is a living and active trust in God. It is through faith that we are justified and made right with God (Romans 5:1). Our faith in Jesus Christ is what allows us to receive the gift of salvation and eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Why should I pray if God knows everything?
Prayer is more than just informing God of our needs or desires; He already knows them before we even speak them. When we pray by faith, we are releasing what we are believing for from the spirit to the physical realm. Our answer to prayer manifests in the spirit realm before it is in the physical realm.
Also, prayer is about aligning our hearts and minds with the will of God and seeking His guidance and wisdom in all things. As Jesus Himself said in Matthew 6:8, "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Prayer is a way for us to humble ourselves before God, acknowledging our dependence on Him and surrendering our will to His. It is through prayer that we invite the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, transforming our hearts and minds to be more like Christ.
Shawn Paul is an author and missionary who has been living and working in Central America for the past 10 years. He is passionate about living for Jesus Christ and inspiring others to do the same, which is the focus of his blog, where he shares his expertise in Christianity.
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As a writer, Shawn's unique perspective and passion for his faith shine through in his work. Shawn's goal for the future is to impact people around the world for Jesus through his writing and missionary work.