The difference between involvement and commitment can be digested through the simple example of a chicken and a pig: more specifically a breakfast plate of eggs and ham. To understand this concept, look a little deeper into the situation: the chicken was involved, but the pig was committed. Let that sink in for a moment. The chicken participating by providing eggs, the pig made the ultimate sacrifice. This notion of involvement is not intended to disparage the chicken, but rather demonstrate the significance of commitment.
Ultimately, commitment involves sacrifice. Too many times in our culture, people are content to just participate or “be involved.” In your life, evaluate what is worthy of commitment.
The ultimate sacrifice was made for you. Jesus died on the cross for our sins to create the bridge between God and us.
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. – Romans 10:9-10
Being committed to your faith requires a decision to be intentional in the practice of your beliefs. You cannot simply be involved in faith you have to be committed to it. Let your faith show through in all of your actions.
Your Family and Friends
Be present in the lives of your parents, your siblings, your spouse, your children, and your friends. Do not settle for simply being involved in the lives of the people you care most about; be committed. Do what is needed to be a blessing to them. Sacrifice what you selfishly want, to help meet the needs of the most precious people in your life. God has blessed you with amazing family members and relatives. Find a way to touch their daily lives. Thank God each day for your family, draw strength from them, and each day will make your life more meaningful.
The career path that God has laid before you should be a daily opportunity to show His love to others. It takes sincere commitment to live a life for Him. No matter your specific job description or workplace environment, you can live your faith in all you do, including your workplace. Your work should not define who you are, but instead be a reflection of the gifts God has given you. Be dedicated, trustworthy, punctual, efficient, organized and cooperative. All of these traits are examples of your commitment to doing your best work. After all, that is all that God asks of us, to do our best. Devote yourself each day to make your workplace better than it was the day before and show the love of Christ in all you do.
Being committed requires sacrifice. Do not go through life being a participant. Require yourself to determine what matters the most to you and dedicate your time to those endeavors. Jesus set the most amazing example of love and commitment to his disciples, to his earthly parents, to those He came into daily contact with and his Heavenly Father. With anything you choose to do, simply ask yourself one question: “Do I merely want to be involved, or will I be committed?”UMHB offers countless opportunities to grow as a leader. If you are looking for a place to receive an education for life and an experience of a lifetime, UMHB would be a great fit for you! Check out our website for more information, or stop by any time for a campus visit to learn more!