"Commitment" is not a word that people talk about or hear people talk about unless there is a wedding going on or a couple of guys are talking at the local sports watering hole. Commitment to the new spouse, the new coach, the game or something until something 'better' comes along.
We see it all the time all around us. This last week the University of Tennessee's football coach leaves Tennessee to go back to the west coast. He's not committed to the VOLS or the program that he was so excited about coming to just a year ago. Where is his commitment ? Then I saw it played out on television with Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno. Conan is being ousted by the NBC executives due to a time change in his program. He says he is committed to the "Tonight Show" a show that has come to be a part of American television history by being on at the same time for over 60 years. Now the execs want to move it to a later time and move Jay Leno to that time slot. Conan says no, I am out of here and he parts with a reported 30 Million Dollars!
Commitment is needed in our culture once again. When a person gives their word to you, you can take it to the bank. The problem is that there is little commitment to marriage, to relationships, jobs, schools, programs, and family. In Youth Ministry is sometimes evident when parents don't allow the student to sign up or say they are participating in an event yet because something else may come up later. Where is the part that says no matter what else happens, I am committed!
So the bottom line that I am talking about is that commitment is important in the most important relationship of all, the one with Christ. Christ was, and is, so committed to us that he died for us and yet do we have the commitment to live for him? So the bottom line is this, do you have the Commitment?!