Put on the ring of commitmeant

As I grow closer to Jesus in my walk, one thing that is ever pressing on my heart is my sold-out commitmeant to him.  I will be the first one to admit my mistakes;  I’ve fallen away, I’ve put God on the back burner of life, and there were days when I just didn’t care about it all, but I got to a point where I was sick and tired of being lukewarm in my walk.  I knew what it meant to be hot and I was trying to get that passion back, but man did God have to refine me allot and get my attention.  I say this because I want you to know that I don’t discount where you are as a Christian.  I know all too well that it is a challenge, but everything that is worth while is, isn’t it? Right now, I’m in the middle of a very challenging math class to finish my Bachelor’s degree.  I want to get it done and over with, but I know that I have to make a commitmeant of time to study and learn so that I can pass the class and complete my degree requirements.  As hard as it is, I know that I must persevere to get to where I want to go, which is getting my degree.  How much more than should our commitmeant to God who is our life blood be!!  I struggled for years doing devotionals and being in prayer, but that all changed when I began to see my relationship with God as a cherished relationship that is a 2-way street; it’s a give and take.  If I want to get close to God, I’m going to have to make the time and commitmeant to spend time with Him in The Word and prayer.  As I have struggled with this in the past, my desire seemed to grow.  My prayers became more and more of asking for God to draw me closer to Him and to give me the passion and fire inside to naturally want to be with Him.  Over time, (allot of time), this starting re-birthing itself in my heart and my life.  It is now so much a part of who I am, I strive to live each momeant to the will of God.  It’s hard, and I don’t always do what He wants me to, but I strive to with a new level of commitmeant that has become a bigger part of who I am.  Going back to the math class, the same principles apply.  As I struggle with time managemeant and trying to make the concepts stick in my head, I am reminded that I must be committed to this whole-heartily to help change my mindset and gain the results that I desire.  So today I am reminded myself too, as I get ready for my class, to look closer at the things that we commit ourselves and our time to, and the value that we place on those things as well.  One of my favorite quotes from “God Chasers” by Tommy Tenny is ” Don’t date God-put on the ring of commitmeant.  God is looking for a bride, not a girlfriend, one who will stick with Him”.  So today ask yourself:  “What is my level of commitmeant to God?  and how can I make it better?  How can I put on the ring of commitmeant and truly honor Him with my time and with my life?  How can I learn to pray for my relationship with Him to grow, that I would not be satisfied with the status quo, but truly desiring to fellowship with Him in the deepest and closest of ways?  What’s filling up my time that I need to replace with me filling up with more of God?”.   These are just some really basic questions to help all of us to be reminded of where our priorities need to be when it comes to our relationship with God.  He deserves the first fruits of every part of our life, and this includes our time with Him.  The Bible says in James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Jesus, thank you for loving us so much that you gave your life for us!  Let us always remember the sacrifice that you gave so that we could be not only saved, but be in relationship with You, the Father, and your Holy Spirit.  Let us take seriously our relationship with you; desiring to spend time with you and desireing to grow closer to you so that we may become more like you, and that your light of love would shine through us to this broken world.  Jesus draw us close to you, even when we forget to draw near to you.  We love you and we want to be used by you for your glory and for your honor.  Amen.