It seems we are pressured on every side — pressured at our workplaces, pressured by our children’s schools, activities, and emotional needs, pressured to perform. No matter how much time and effort we invest, we fall short of the expectations of others. No matter how much time we donate to a project, someone always seems to demand more. As a result, we are instinctively afraid of commitment; the mere thought of commitment sets us up, it seems, for failure. We realize ahead of any commitment that we are miserably incapable of fulfilling our promises, particularly in the face of the tyranny of the urgent that constantly demands our attention.
Perhaps we have an incorrect understanding of what commitment really is. The word is derived from Latin roots that mean with and to put or place. Commitment, then, actually means to be positioned or place WITH someone or something. In fact, when Jesus came to earth to be clothed in human flesh, he committed to being placed on earth as a real man in a very real human setting. He agreed with the Father to be positioned among men and to live as one of us. His commitment led Him to the cross, where He, the sinless GOD-WITH-US, even became sin on our behalf that we might be redeemed for all eternity (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). What if our Savior had refused to commit and had thereby failed to be placed with us in our humanity? We would not have a hope of salvation!
Perhaps we need to rethink our position on commitment. Instead of avoiding commitment, what if we asked God where He wants to place or position us? All we need to do is agree with Him and allow Him to put is where He has ordained us to function. HIS power and HIS strength will then sustain us. If I refuse to allow God to position me in my proper place, there will be a gap on the pegboard in the spot designed for me. I will then wonder why He is not using me as a tool for His Kingdom.
Father, forgive me for my fear of commitment! I DO commit to YOU, Lord! Help me to agree with You to be placed exactly where You have determined I should function and to remember that Your Holy Spirit will empower me for every task You ordain for me to do!