Power to Commit:
It is Time
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:17-19
Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:19
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
The suggested scripture reading section starts its theme with the words, it is time. It is time, according to Peter, for judgment to begin with the family of God. The apostle is referencing the corrective work of God in His own people. The unbelievers will face a judgment later that will be much harsher, but we as God’s people must be quick to judge ourselves and make the needed adjustments under the direction of God’s Spirit within us!
The one thing Peter addresses is the need for commitment. God’s people must be committed to God and the work of His kingdom. Webster gives some good thoughts on the word commitment: a pledge to do something in the future; a state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled.
God is calling His people to feel the obligation; emotionally impelled to be faithful in their walk with Him. When we come to God, through our faith in His Son Jesus, we are saying that He is worthy to be followed! We must commit ourselves to this work. This commitment must trump all other commitments we may make in this life. This boils down to simply saying, “I said I would and I will!” Our generation struggles with long term commitments, but God still demands a lifelong commitment to His will and to His way!
Father, I commit to you. I will give you my lifelong commitment to do life as you would want me to—no turning back! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.