Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 2 Cor 13:5 (KJV)
Self-examination in the life of the Christian serves a two-fold purpose. The first is to ensure that the individual is walking as a true Christian (characterized by the words “in the faith”). The second purpose is to propel the Christian to a greater expression of Christ’s character and nature in their daily walk. From this, we can see the importance of self-examination.
Self-examination always leads to questions. These questions should challenge you to look at yourself in a candid fashion. One important question that should arise through self-evaluation is “Am I Committed?” Commitment keeps you focused during difficult times. It helps bring stability to your life when things around you are unstable. So, that even as a Christian, you can continue to grow in faith and knowledge when the world around you seems to be in chaos.
In order to answer the question “Am I Committed?” you have to know specifically what should you be committed to. In the Christian walk, our commitment can be evaluated by three areas of interest. If you consider these areas, then you will be able to say unashamedly that you are a committed Christian. We will examine each briefly.
Committed to the Master. Commitment begins with an unwavering devotion to Christ. You have to be committed to His teachings and standards. The goal of your existence has to be to please Him. Why? There is an eternal reward. If your daily existence is not characterized by this mindset, then you probably are not committed as you think. Though you may serve in the church and are a good person, without Christ at the center, your commitment is at best minimal.
Committed to Maturity. When you give your life to Christ and begin your walk with Him, a commitment to grow and mature in the faith has to be established. The only way one can grow is through the study of the Word and through prayer. So, you have to examine your prayer life. Is it consistent? You have to evaluate your time in reading the scriptures. Do you make excuses for why you do not read? Your commitment level is not very great if you are not willing to challenge yourself to grow personally in the Christian faith.
Committed to Ministry. Ministry is defined as service. Regardless of your activities in the church, from preaching to feeding the hungry, you have to be dedicated to the work of Christ. It is not always easy because life comes with responsibility. This is where sacrifice becomes crucial. Even when you cannot physically be present, you can still show commitment to Christ’s work through supporting those who are able to do it. This includes praying for them, giving financially when possible, and encouraging those who are ministering. In this way, you show your commitment.
Commitment does require personal sacrifice and dedication. However, in light of all that God did for us in Christ, it is worth the effort. Challenge yourself on this day that your level of commitment in the faith will increase.