Luke 11:28 “Committed to Faith!”
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
“When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
~ Ken Blanchard
Ken Blanchard is a popular author and renowned management consultant. He wrote best sellers like the One Minute Manager and The Secret. He is really good at making complicated subjects simple. As Christians, it’s understandable to be just sort of interested as we begin to learn about God and the Word. It’s very normal to read the Bible sporadically or focus more on your faith when challenges come into your life. But, knowing that the goal line is eternal life, and there’s only one way over that goal line, we need to be committed to our faith.
Will there be days you wake up late and have to rush off without doing your devotional? Of course, but if you’re committed, you’ll find time to get it done that day.
Will there be times you don’t feel God at the moment? Of course, but you still read and take a minute or two to think about the devotion for the day. You still pray and be quiet for just a few minutes. It gets you in a better state of mind to tackle your day.
Will there be times when you blow it and feel guilty when you wake up and think, “Who am I fooling,” as you think about your devotion? Of course, but God knows you’re gonna blow it! He told you the devil was a tough hombre who has a bundle of tricks and traps!! God loves you anyway!!! You need to stay committed to putting good Bible thoughts in your mind. Think of it like, every time you study the Word or do good, you are driving the bad habits out of your brain by overwhelming them with godly thoughts and focus. Your subconscious accepts whatever you tell it as fact. Tell it you’re a good Christian everyday! (Okay, throw in good looking and funny too!)
It’s NOT easy to build a committed habit to hear the word of God; think about what’s right as you make decisions during your day. It’s not easy to program your mind to be disciplined toward character and godliness when you’ve spent years letting “the world” fill your head with sewage. Jesus said it’s a narrow road. Only a few people in life fulfill their potential. Those are the people that understand they have to pay now so they can play later. If you play now, you’re going to pay later, no doubt about it. It’s a narrow road, but once you “get it,” you’ll wonder what you saw in the crap life anyway!
Be committed to making God’s Word a part of EVERY DAY. Don’t judge the results tomorrow or next week, but when good things happen, smile and say, “What goes around comes around.” When you get a lucky break, smile and say, “Blessed are those who hear the word and obey it.”
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”