2 Chr 29:36
And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people for the thing was done suddenly. (KJV)
"Some fatherly advice came to Bob Hendricks years ago when his dad, Howard, told him 'Be so dependable that if you say you will be somewhere and don't show up, they send flowers.' Lax dependability characterizes many believers today. Whether it's a promise for a favor or a commitment to perform a task." - Bob Hendrix
Greetings, beloved in the name of the Lord. Beloved I share with you because God desires and deserves a committed people, people that will give their all in all to him. I am of the belief that when people commit themselves to his cause God responds quickly on their behalf. There are things that we need from God both corporately and individually and in order for the release to come from God we must commit ourselves to him wholeheartedly.
If God and the things of God are not our heart's passion, we will discover that little or no effort is put into giving God our best. Too many of us give God what's left over after we have done what we wanted to do. The whole idea behind commitment to God suggests that because we are in relationship with him, the things that are done for Him are done from a heart filled with gratitude for all of His bountiful blessing bestowed upon us. There comes a point in our lives when we must consciously choose to follow and serve the Lord. Elijah in speaking to the people posed this question: "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." (I King 18:21 KJV). The words of Elijah speak to us today and say that if the God of the Bible is not worthy of our commitment then we should stop perpetrating.
Coming to church alone does not guarantee the blessings of the Lord. Combined with our attendance there must be a steadfast relationship with the Lord that expresses itself through service to God and humanity. If you have not chosen to serve the Lord through service to others, you are missing out on the best God has to offer.