We live amidst a generation that fears commitment.

We seek instant gratification, we want what’s most convenient, and we do whatever makes us “feel” the best.

We live in a culture where “self-love” reigns, and where nothing should come before our own happiness.

But is this right? Is this what our lives are supposed to be centered around? Ourselves? 

As a Christian, commitment is essential, but not everyone recognizes that when they say “yes” to Jesus, it’s a “yes” for life; a “yes” to committing to follow him and walking in a refinement process that will last a lifetime.

We commit to believing in him; yet we’re often so focused on “what’s in it for us” that we don’t see how worthy Jesus is of our commitment to a fully surrendered life. 

Something that I wrestled with a few months ago was how much I put my hope in my circumstances. When I would “put my hope in Jesus,” I was actually hoping in the circumstances that I believed He would bring to fruition in my life, not really the person of Jesus Himself. But being a follower of Jesus means being committed to loving Him, serving Him, and TRUSTING Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, no matter what happens, or no matter what He calls us to. We must learn to prioritize our relationship with the Lord and to CHERISH it.

Our love for him must drive everything we do, and so much of love is a choice

In my walk with Jesus, I found that though I knew that I wanted to follow him faithfully, there were things that I was often reluctant to do, such as evangelism and praying in front of large groups of people. However, I still made myself do it, but I had a “let’s get this over with” mentality. It was very passive, and my reason for doing something was driven by guilt and was characterized by an unwillingness. 

There is so much power when we CHOOSE to do something. Jesus does not force us to love him and be obedient to him. We see that very evidently in the first few chapters of Genesis, where God gave Adam and Eve the commandment to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but they had the choice to obey or not to obey; they had the choice to choose God, or to choose their own desires.

But to walk in our choice means to assume the responsibility of the effects of that choice. 

Going back to my example of the reluctancy that I felt in doing different things that God had called me to do, I also had a choice. I could choose to follow in obedience, or I could choose not to.

We become powerful people when we understand that we aren’t “victims” to what other people speak into our lives or say we should do.

Our reluctancy can be turned into sincere determination and drive when we commit to our choices; we can experience joy in our uncomfortability because we know that we are walking out in something that we decided for ourselves. The application for this goes beyond our faith; it is closely tied to so many spheres of our lives, whether it be relationships, a career, or even in school.

Commitment and choice is something that is crucial to grab a hold of because it is the way in which God loves us; God CHOSE us to be His sons and daughters. He CHOOSES to love you despite all your failures and your past; He is infinitely and perfectly committed to you. So our response is to love Him and choose Him and those around us in the same way. What we do no longer becomes mindless and aimless, but there is a greater meaning to the way that we live.

This is a call to a perspective shift. A call to step away from negativity and pessimism and towards joy in all that we do. A famous Christian Philosopher said,

“The unfinished self shapes itself through its choices; every decision I make is also a decision about the type of person I want to  be.”

Everyday we pursue becoming more like Jesus. Everyday we live in the hope of knowing that choosing Him will be worth it. Let’s choose to remember that picture; the eternal picture, and become men and women that are deemed trustworthy and dependable by God and by those around us. 

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.”

Psalm 37:5