Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Philippians 1:1
Are you committed? Are you committed to your Heavenly Father? Are you committed to His purpose and cause? How do you know? How do any of us know? If we look at the life of the apostle Paul, we see what true commitment looks like. Here in the first verse of Philippians, it says that Paul was a bondservant. I used to think this word meant prisoner, because Paul started other letters with the idea that he was in prison because of his message of the good news. Actually, this word “bondservant” means a slave or servant without wages. Paul had committed to living his life to serve in the ministry of the gospel regardless of how he would make ends meet. Of course, God always took care of him, but to Paul, the most important thing was to get the message out and to complete his assignment.
That’s what true commitment looks like. I want to say, thankfully, our missions do not look like Paul’s did. In fact, Paul was called into this ministry at a time when the message was brand new and it required the intensity level that Paul was prepared and born for. However, we do have a calling, assignment, mission or whatever you want to name it. God has a purpose for you to complete while you are here in this world. We are given an allotted amount of time to accomplish the reason we were born, and it is up to us to discover what that reason is and then follow the plan God designed to complete it. How’s that working out for you? It’s a good question for sure and one that all of us need to ask ourselves, pretty much daily. It is so easy to get distracted with the things of living day to day, that if we don’t intentionally put that purpose and plan before our eyes continually, it can get easily drop to the bottom of the priority list.
So, the question remaining is “How do I identify if I am committed?” It’s actually pretty easy to determine this by asking the next question: “Where does God show up in my day? What space of time have I given to Him to purposefully grow closer to what is in His heart for me?” This is your starting point. Get alone with your Heavenly Father each day and grow in your relationship with Him. Put away any excuses why you may not have time to do this and put it into the place of something that is less important that you can probably eliminate completely from your life. Make God the priority in your world and your world will begin to make sense like it never has before.
Today I want to encourage you to consider the purpose and plan God has for your life. Ask yourself today these three questions: Am I walking/living in the plan that God has for me? Is my life making a difference and impacting the lives of others in some way? Do I wake up each morning with my mission in mind? These questions are important to consider and if you answer no to any of them, ask the LORD today how to get back on tract with the mission He has assigned to your life. Then open the book and get the plan. Determine to complete, down to the last detail, the things God has for you to do in this world. Then, when your days are over, (and there is no doubt that they will end one day) you will face your Heavenly Father with the confidence of hearing Him say “Well done!”
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 1:1-5