Reaffirm Life’s Commitments
by Pastor Cesar Crisostomo | February 10, 2019It is important to remind ourselves of the need to reaffirm the commitments that we have made in our lives and to see to it that we fulfill them. In other words, it is affirming the fact that you and I made decisions, made vows about things in life and that we are going to fulfill these commitments and do it. Today, we need to remember to remain strong in our commitments and vows.
Definition: Reaffirm – to affirm (validate, pledge, vow, assert, uphold) something again especially so as to strengthen or confirm. Commitment: (1) the entrusting of something valuable to another person. (2) the responsibility to practice specific activities. What is commitment? By definition: a pledge to fulfill, a promise to do or give something. It is a responsibility, a promise, a devotion, a determination.
The commitments we make is to be guarded, to be protected and at various times needs to be reaffirmed. Familia, we live in a world of uncommitted, compromising people. We are living in a time where it does not seem that commitment is something of importance anymore. And that is why I believe that God will test us to see if we will keep the commitments that we have made with Him – to love and obey Him (Mark 12:28-31). He will also test to see if we will keep the commitments we have made to other people, especially to those we love. Hopefully and by the grace of God, you and I will be found committed and faithful.
Commitment to the Lord.I’m sure that God loves stories of people who decides to love Him and live for Him, committed to Him and reaffirm in their minds and hearts of their commitment. We know God is committed to us. He will do what He says He will do. He will always show up and show up just at the right time to fulfill the need that we have. But, how about our commitment to Him? Each one of us is responsible to respond to God by committing our heart, mind, body and life to serve Him, to share the Gospel and to be His witness in this world. Many of us have made a commitment to follow the Lord regardless of the cost. Like everyone else, I am sure that each of us have made mistakes along the way, but yet our determination to follow Jesus remains unchanged. I believe that all of us who are a disciple of Jesus will encounter at times that our commitment to the Lord will be tested especially when difficulties occur. Commitment requires a choice, a decision. Jesus wasted no time getting to the heart of commitment. Either the disciples would be committed to Him and deny their own desires or they would be determined to go their own way and deny Him. This decision to commit is the same for us. Either we deny ourselves and commit to following Him or deny Him and commit to following our selfish ways (1 Samuel 7:3; Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23).
Commitment to the Word.We need to reaffirm our commitment to daily spending time in the Word of God. God’s Word should be the governing principle for our lives. It provides a solid base that will keep us firm and secure no matter what circumstances we face.
- Deuteronomy 8:3 “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
- Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
- James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
The power of God’s Word also brings spiritual life to all who are open to its truth in every area of life. It brings life and fruitfulness to areas of our lives that seems lifeless or stagnant.
- Isaiah 55:11 “…so is my word that goes our from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
- Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
- Joshua 1:8 “Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
- Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Commitments to family relationships, to those we love.Reaffirm your decision to making the people you love in life a priority by staying true to the commitments you made with them.
Wavering commitments.One of the problems that I think is the reason we waver in our commitments is a divided heart. In Psalm 86:11-12, David is praying to God to give him an undivided heart. He is requesting God to unite the focus of his heart towards the Lord alone. Familia, we have a divided heart. Part of us is towards God, and part of it is towards our flesh. We are divided by the desires of our flesh and our desires for God. Our hearts and minds are at times divided between variety of things instead of completely directed, committed towards God alone. We need to ask God to give us an undivided heart where all of our attention and affection is to serve God and glorify His Name.