What does your commitment cost you?

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; and saith unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba Father, all things are possible unto thee: take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt (Mark 14:32-36).

During Jesus’ physical time on earth, He was committed to doing his Father’s will. Suffering and agony were set before him, but God, the Father, would be with him. Through pain and misery, he paid the price for our iniquities. His commitment cost him to be falsely accused, beaten by Roman soldiers, spat on, given vinegar for water, and given a crown plaited with thorns. He was committed to being mocked and placed on a cross between two thieves in order that we may have everlasting life. His commitment cost him to give, so we may live. What does your commitment cost you? Are you truly committed to him? Instead, are you concerned about the price you will have to pay for your commitment?

My brothers and sisters, I wish I could write in this message that your commitment to Christ will lead you to much comfort and less despair throughout your lives. But, I can’t. I must not deceive you with a false image of commitment. Any time you commit to anything, it will be a struggle to do what is expected. Commitment causes us to deny ourselves and most times our family members, also. In Matthew 8:21-22, Jesus would not allow one of the disciples to put off following him in order to bury his own father. He expects self-denial.

In the above noted text, prior to Jesus’ prayer to his Father, he said to the disciples, “my soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death.” Like him, we become troubled due to possible struggles that are before us. Yet, our commitment must overrule our carnal apprehensions. The physical cost would be tormenting, but we must commit to doing his will.

Commitment comes with sacrifice. Are you committed to your spouse, job or family more than you are committed to God? God’s will comes with a price. What does your commitment cost you?