A Committed Life
1 Peter 4:19: Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Notice that the commitment comes before the correct thoughts. God is faithfully committed to those of us who are His children. By comparison our commitment to Him is small and inconsistent. We haven*t much to commit and are even stingy with that. The amazing thing is that He dotes on our little commitment like a mother dotes on a dandelion brought to her by her toddler.
If we only give God the fringes of our lives we shouldn*t be surprised if He is only involved with those fringes. We will get far better results in our relationship with Him if we give ourselves fully to Him. He deserves far more than a half-hearted commitment.
Matthew 22:37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Avis B. Christiansen*s song Only One Life can be a wonderful prayer of commitment:
The chorus of Esther K. Rusthoi*s song When We See Christ:
Charles Haddon Spurgeon: May the Holy Spirit work in us a cleaving of our whole heart to our Lord Jesus.