Why do I need to keep a commitment?

Question: “Why do I need to keep a commitment, a spoken pledge?

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Commitment to Others

Numbers 30:1-2 tells us, When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

Our words are important to God. When we make a commitment to someone, we need to keep our commitment. He takes our promises very seriously.

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much (Luke 16:10).

Too many people have changed the definition of “commitment” to mean “until something better comes along” or “until I decide I want something different.” However, this command of the Lord says we should not break our word, period. We may very well change our mind about something, but we still do not break our word.

God expects us to fulfill our obligations. Marriage, job, church, church volunteer work, home mortgage, etc., we should live up to our word. In many circles today, the breaking of an oath is just standard business practice—but before God, it is simply sin.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 says,  It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.  Making a commitment is a voluntary action and should conform to God’s desire. We need God’s direction. Take time and seek the Lord’s direction before making a commitment.

Commitment to God

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-38).

Jesus is telling us that our love of God must be above everything else in our lives.  That our commitment to Him must supersede that of even our families:  If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26-27). This does not indicate that we should neglect our family, but that we should put God first in our life, as the rest of our family should also be doing (Luke 12:51-53). If we cannot or will not put God first, then we should not expect to be one of His disciples.

Our stand for Jesus may be in opposition to others desires and may cost us dearly.  Over 300,000 Christians a year are being martyred for their stand for Christ. They have made a commitment to Christ and will not break it. If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it (Luke 9:23-24).  

Regarding commitment to sacrifice and service, Paul said: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

When we make a commitment to man or God, it is our duty and responsibility to uphold our commitment.

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