2 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Our number one priority as a believer in Christ is to get acquainted with God. In fact, it isn’t just something we are to do but something we are to continually do. This is why He gave us His Holy Spirit. He is a constant reminder and draw to our Heavenly Father if we do not push Him aside. A “believer” who does not know God is one who will never be effective and this is precisely why so many Christians live ineffectively. You must take time to learn Who He is!
By and large people are on a journey to discover purpose. Once, I was in an antique shop and I came across an interesting contraption. It was very old and very specific in that it quite obviously had limited purpose. Specific purpose is not a bad thing if one knows how to utilize it. You could have taken this small machine and put it on the shelf, but without knowledge that’s all it would ever do. An instruction manual or someone who knows how to operate it, would have proven valuable. In fact, I have seen many antiquated tools whose only use is decoration because no one knows how they function.
Many people live as useless tools. Why is the bulk of our time spent on the discovery of purpose when we have clear instructions on what our purpose is? We seek happiness when true happiness will be abundant in being what we were made to be! Don’t you know the devil loves to get people confused in this area? God didn’t write instructions for us not to know, but who we are listening to does matter.
I say that to say this: we have to have understanding of our relationship to Him in order to be able to really trust Him. Only when we truly trust Him will we be safe from what the devil is trying to steal. The second part of the verse I started with (2 Tim. 1:12) tells us, “(I) am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him”. Keep means to save or protect. To commit is to place something in the protective care of someone else.
What do you commit to God? So many people live life like they are at a casino. That may be fine for someone of the world but not a child of God. We have promises and access to things that the world couldn’t remotely get close to. We have real help, real joy, real peace, all at our disposal. It says in Psalms 37:5 to “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” What does He bring to pass? He’ll bring to pass whatever you need, as long as your way is truly committed to Him.
Stop gambling Christian! Put your confidence in the One who will always comes through for us. Our God is a good God! He is wholy and eternally committed to us. Won’t you commit yourself to Him?
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.