4th March 2020

‘Commitment is an Act, not a Word’

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

The above quotation, ‘Commitment is an act, not a word,’ is from Jean-Paul Sartre, the 20th century French philosopher who was a principal proponent of existentialism, a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will. Upon reflection the theory loses much validity to my mind, in a century in which two global wars took place. God says, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,’ says the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). Since Adam we have chosen our own way which has led to a blood-soaked earth.

Sartre’s quotation has some cogency however—real commitment does come from the heart – not the dictionary. In a recent paper produced by the British Government’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on data protection, the phrase was used ‘from compliance to one of commitment.’ The message intended to encourage a willing response rather than a litigious one.

God looks on our heart to see just how committed we are to Him. His instruction to Samuel and to us is very clear, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

God committed His only begotten Son to die for us, and He is looking for a willing committed heart in us toward Him. Let us renew our commitment to our loving Father and seek Him earnestly in Christ led action to give light to a darkened world.

Prayer
Merciful Father, we thank you for your commitment to us, for your love for us. We ask that by the power of the Holy Spirit we can reflect Jesus Christ in our lives and thus declare to you our commitment to Your more excellent way.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church