Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:5
Commitment is key to any endeavor. Without purposing ourselves to complete a task, it will not be completed. As such commitment or faithfulness is a vital Christian attribute that drives our behavior and ultimately our experience as citizens of God’s Kingdom.
Jesus often told His disciples to take up their cross and follow Him. Some were discouraged and surely others were confused by His message. What is this cross and where do I follow Him? Even the Savior’s closest disciples did not fully understand.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:5-6). In other words, Jesus is the path, the map, and the means to reach the presence of God. He will show us and guide us along the way.
Only someone willing and able to make the commitment to a life in pursuit of God can fulfill the command of Jesus Christ. This is why Paul compares the Christian life to a race. Runners cannot even hope to finish a race if they are not committed to it. You may run some times and walk at other times. The key to faithful commitment is sticking to the path illuminated by the Word of God no matter what comes (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
So don’t give up today. Take a rest. Get some water, but keep pushing into the Kingdom. It’s worth it.