Romans 12: 1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Commitment is the foundation of faith. It allows us to build a solid belief and it stabilizes our lives. Yet, suddenly this foundation acquires a small fracture. One so minuscule. The world’s views cause these types of cracks which widen and chip away at our commitment.
Our focus becomes centered on the fractures and how to stop them from growing, that our whole commitment to faith falters and our foundation collapses.
The pieces of our committed faith lie scattered and fragile. Seemingly incapable to be used to rebuild what we once possessed.
Our gracious God and loving Lord, carpenter by trade, can pass us the tools to reconstruct this committed faith. Our human hands need to get dirty and grab each piece, tenderly molding it, placing firmly on the ground, and layering it one on top of the other with patience and purpose.
As we begin to rebuild, questions are often pondered. Why am I taking the time and energy to start again? What will I receive as an outcome? Why do I worship a God who makes me work so hard for a heavenly reward?
My early walk in faith began with worship that consisted of many rules, traditions, and guilt ridden expectations. I worshiped out of selfish gain. But, today do I worship…
to get to heaven? to please God? to receive blessings? to witness miracles? to accumulate answered prayers? to have peace and joy? or to be protected?
My commitment to worship and building are often muddled by my questions and preconceived expectations of faith. I push through only to find myself patching cracks. Over and over in a never-ending cycle.
The reality of our dedication to faith and belief in God our King of Kings is that we should do it all for Him.
1 Peter 4:19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
I repair to show others how to mend. I fracture to show others how to restore. I remodel to show others how to change. I listen to show others how to avoid collapse. I worship unconditionally because I am loved without stipulations or conditions.
My commitment is what He wants. I need to wholeheartedly worship and build to prove that I want the relationship. In that beautiful relationship, I receive blessings as a byproduct.
The time I spend in the morning and in the evening speaking with my dear Jesus, are a small way to maintain and keep my relationship fresh. I know there is even more if I read His word and follow His guidance in all situations. This gives Him the evidence He needs to see how dedicated I am to the future of His kingdom. Risking, Growing, and Striving towards the love, for the one who loves my brokenness. I offer this to all of mankind because He is committed to my salvation.