The Ultimate Commitment
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
We commit to husbands. We commit to wives. We commit to boyfriends and girlfriends. We commit to jobs. We commit to political parties. And classes and universities. Appointments. Dreams. Goals. Agendas. Plans. Vacations. Cruises. Churches. Sports. Volunteering. And friendships. Hobbies, interests, and on and on. At the end of the day, we find we have committed to so very much that we have trouble finding the time let alone energy to keep up with our commitments. Our calendars are filled to overflowing. We can hardly keep up – if we can keep up at all. What about committing ourselves to God?
How many of us have committed ourselves to God? How many of us have made our commitment to God greater than any other commitment? How many of us have squeezed Him into our appointment books at best, if we’ve squeezed Him in there at all? How many of us have stuck Him in one little slot or another? 8:30 to 9 am. 10 pm to 10:15 pm. Lunch break. Snack time. 10 minutes before the kids come home. Church weekly. Maybe. Really? Is that what we’re doing with God? Is that what committing our lives to God looks like? Squeezing Him into our lives?
What does committing our lives to God look like anyway? Going up to the altar in church 10 years ago? Saying a quick prayer under our breath with everyone else at church one morning before rushing home for the football game? Getting drunk one night and desperately crying out to Him hungover the next morning and making Him promises if He’ll get us out of the mess we made? Telling our friends we’ve come to believe in Him?
We can convince ourselves we’ve committed our lives to God, but have we? God knows. He sees our hearts. He sees our lives. We can fool the whole world, and we can fool ourselves. We can play church and play games and play Christianity and play the game all the way until the moment we stand before the Lord and have to give an account of our lives. Verbal commitments and emotional commitments and dressing up for church on Sundays or cracking the Bible every so often just isn’t going to cut it. I don’t believe the people who will spend eternity in heaven with God are those who jammed Jesus Christ into their calendar books, but those who repented of their sins and yielded their lives utterly to God and committed to God AND God’s ways and who lived their lives accordingly – for Him, by His Spirit, in His Word, forsaking their own will and ways, for His glory, to love Him, to worship Him, to serve Him, for eternity.
Are you on fire for God? Hear what Jesus Christ will do with those who are lukewarm. He will spit them out. A warning for us all.