Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Love today, is seen in many ways. Many see it as the ‘ushy-gushy’ feeling of infatuation. Others see it as something you ‘fall into’. Hollywood would have you equate love with sex. Yet, if we go to God for His definition, we find a vast chasm of difference.
Love is a commitment. It is full trust in the object we say we love.
I have been meditating on a thought since hearing a message from a dear brother in Christ on commitment. In biblical study, it is always good to use principles to guide us. The use of first mention helps us to define what God tells us in His Word:
1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
The first appearance of the word ‘commit’ is in Genesis 29:3 where we find the word ‘rolled’. When coming across a large ‘stone’ in our life, we need a great amount of energy to begin moving such a heavy object. Once moving, continued pushing will make it easier to keep moving. But it is that first push that is the hardest.
What might those stones be in our life? A stubborn habit? A problem handling relationships? Finances? Faithfulness? For each one of us, our ‘stone’ may be huge to us while others may view that stone as something as small as a pebble.
There are also stones that God will place in our life to help us learn. More often than not, the stones God has placed in my life have shown me that God is all I need; or that I must depend on Him fully and completely. We run to others for help when God desires us to come to Him.
It truly, is a wonderful truth. To know the truth and doing it, can be the line of demarcation for the success or failure of a life. I deal with folks every Friday night who come to our program, RU Recovery, to get help with their addictions. By the time they come through those doors, many have tried secular and social programs, detox, patches and all sorts of remedies; but the one that will truly give you and I victory is Christ.
When you and I throw our weight against that stone, it might budge a little, but, it soon stops and we wonder if we have the strength to really move it. Our enemy, the devil comes and sits atop the stone and looks down on us and says, “You really can’t move this, can you? You should just give up and give in …”
Wrong advice – every time. When facing that stone, I must truly realize – I need help. Not the help the world can give, but only the help that God Himself has promised He will give to those who ask. Many rely on their counselor, their pastor, their mentor, sponsor or friend; but the One who truly delivers every time is God!
That stone on your life may look ominous and unmovable; but God can do the impossible.
Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
The ability to realize that help; true, lasting and conquering help can only come from God is the key to you and I getting the victory over our stubborn habits and deep rooted sin.
Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Many of us have spent many years expending energy trying to do it on our own. We’re tired, worn out and ready to quit. The old devil has us on the ropes and waiting to deliver that fatal blow. We feel we must continue to try in our own flesh, in our own strength by our own will. The sooner we get to God, the sooner the victory will be at hand.
Commit, submit and surrender.