And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)

I conducted a mini-survey of twelve people to see how they defined “commitment.” They were male and female and ages eleven to fifty-five years old. The survey included active members of churches, occasional church goers, and those who did not attend church at all. Some were Christians and some were non-Christians.

Their answers were familiar and predictable: 1. “Total dedication to whatever the task is.” 2. “When you put forth every effort within reason to satisfy your commitment.” 3. “You’re in it for the long haul.” 4. “Whatever you’re doing, you are for it 100%.”

In the past, I would have agreed with the survey responses. Now my perception of “commitment” has expanded from an action to include relationship. You see, it is not the particular promise, how long I perform the act, or how much enthusiasm I exhibit when I perform it, but who I dedicate the act to that defines my commitment.

Let me explain. The one thing I want to do one hundred percent of the time is to please God. I desire that my conversation, my life-style, and my character testify to a true relationship with Jesus Christ, my Savior. My dedication to Jesus determines the activities to which I will commit.

I am committed to God because He was first committed to me. He took on flesh and died on the cross for my sins so that I might have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him in absolute love, peace, and joy. Now that is commitment! He is committed to having an intimate, personal relationship with “me” and proved it. Revelation of that fact causes me to want to be totally committed to Him and regulates the things I do and say.

Share with me your definition of or thought about “commitment”.