Do you remember how, in school, there were people who were obviously only there because they had to be? (Probably most of the class!) And then there may have been some who seemed like they were there for a purpose. They asked questions, did the readings, completed the assignments on time. They were committed.
In many ways, our society has become a shallow one. Surely this is not a completely negative shift, but it certainly has changed our lives dramatically. We have short attention spans, high expectations for our time, and little patience for things that take up a lot of it.
Christianity is, by nature, a marathon (cf. Hebrews 12:1-2). God does not expect us to believe and behave perfectly, especially when the Christian life is new to us. Of course, that must be our goal. Just as important, though, is what we might call a “posture of commitment.” This “posture” is about dedication. It makes Christianity real to us.
When we adopt this posture, something extraordinary happens. Sermons become more profound and useful. Singing in worship becomes deeper and freeing. Prayer becomes our lifeline and release. The Bible becomes a daily drip of nourishment. Our biblical and spiritual questions and curiosities take on new urgency (I can’t tell others what I don’t know!). To a large extent, our Christian relationships become the center of social lives—(spiritual) blood runs thicker than water, after all. And all of this, because we have made a decision: to deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). That is what a posture of commitment is all about. That is the difference between a Christian who is simply “skating by,” and one who realizes that they are on Earth for a purpose.
In our world, our lives can easily become wrapped up in the trivial. God calls us to focus on the eternal. This week, meditate with me on the words of Paul: “we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).