People always appreciate where things are working, especially in an organization where things are going on fine. Many people like to attend big churches where everything is well organized because people want to sit down in an atmosphere where they will be blessed but the issue is that when things are working anywhere, some people are responsible for it.
No structure is built without people, according to John Maxwell there are three sets of people in every organization, those who see what happen, those who wonder what happen and those who make things happen. The most important sets of people among these, are those who make things happen because nothing happens until someone made it, and the propelling factors that moved these people is their COMMITMENT.
The church is more than a gathering, it’s a movement. No church can move forward until she is able to raise committed workers. God‘s purpose for every church is to take it to a greater level but for this purpose, to be fulfilled, we need workers who are committed to the course of the gospel, not those who give excuses.
We need men like Caleb who will say let us go, we will possess the land, we need men like Nehemiah who are ready to give it all it takes to build the wall. We need women like Esther who are ready to risk their lives to defend the gospel. Men like Paul who are ready to spend and be spent for the course of the gospel.
The controlling purpose of this lecture is to challenge every church worker on the need for commitment in order to fulfill God’s mandate for the church.
A. The Word “Commitment”
The dictionary meaning of commitment is willingness to work hard and give one’s energy and time for a job or an activity”.
- Commitment is dedication to a particular organization, cause or belief and a willingness to get involved.
- The most important single factor in individual success is COMMITMENT
- Commitment ignites action.
- To commit is to pledge oneself to a certain purpose or line of conduct.
- It also means pursuing a particular vision consistently.
- Commitment is what makes the impossible possible.
- Through commitment, one can turn obstacles to stepping stones.
- Many programmes and projects fail as a result of lack of commitment on the part of the people.
Things to Note About Commitment
- It takes commitment to be connected
- Resource, Wisdom and peace follow commitment.
- Commitment comes before authority and responsibility.
- Commitment comes before provision.
Two Fundamental Conditions for Commitment
I. The first is having a sound set of beliefs: There is an old saying that goes, “stand for something or you will fall for anything”.
II. The second is faithful adherence to those beliefs with your behavior: Possibly the best description of commitment is “persistence with a purpose”.
People who are committed to a vision or effort truly believe that it is important, and they show up, follow through, and stick with it.
The more people who are committed to your vision, the greater the momentum you can generate to get the job done.
Characteristics of a Committed Church Worker
- He has a compelling purpose
- He has a clear perspective.
- He gave himself to continual prayer.
- He has a courageous persistence
Key Components of Commitment
1. A serious commitment is a solemn promise. It is a solemn pledge you make and keep with yourself and others. You must understand the complete consequences of your commitment and fully mean it when you say it. When you make a commitment, others will take you seriously and rely on you to be true to your word.
2. A serious commitment is a full investment. It means you fully invest yourself in the cause – physically, mentally, and emotionally. You connect completely with your cause and passionately pursue it by putting your whole heart, mind and soul into it. You don’t hold back but go “all in”, putting in your full attention, energy, and effort to accomplish your goal.
3. A serious commitment is a willingness to sacrifice. When you make a serious commitment to someone or something, it also means you willingly and selflessly make individual sacrifice for it. Commitment means you knowingly and willingly give up things you might want in the short-term to potentially gain something of greater value in long-term.
4. A serious commitment is a long-term obligation. Then you must continually work toward and ideally see through to completion. It isn’t something you try out and then easily abandon. It is something you establish, and embrace for the long haul. “Those who stay will be champions”.
5. A serious commitment is a pact to persevere. It means sticking with something even when, and especially when, times are tough. Just like the traditional marriage vows of “for richer or poorer, in sickness and health”, true commitment is unwavering regardless of the circumstances. When you make a commitment to someone or something, you make a pact to persevere through the tough time together. It won’t be easy, but it is always worth it.
How to Develop Commitment
- It usually begins with a struggle
- It seldom surrounds abilities or gifts.
- It is the result of choice, not condition.
- It is fostered when a settled issue arises.
- It is enhanced by deep trust in God.
- It lasts when we remain single-minded.
The Need to Mobilize and Sustain Commitment
Commitment is the backbone of a group or organization. It is what gives a group its strength.
Here are several reasons why it is important:
The more committed people there are, the more effective they are in influencing others. If a whole group acts with determination and commitment, great numbers of people will really pay attention.
People who are committed are the ones who don’t take discouragement seriously – they don’t’ give up. They set an example for those don’t have the confidence or experience to go through the hard times and hold out for the rewards of success.
People cooperate at a higher level when they share commitment. Commitment fosters camaraderie, trust, caring – the stuff a group needs to keep it going for the long run.
If people are committed to an effort for a period of time, they will learn what they need to know to be more effective. People need time to try things out, make mistakes, and then figure out a strategy that works.
How to Maintain Your Commitment
- Rely on God
- Respect oppositions.
- Reinforce your weak points.
- Reassure yourself.
- Refuse to quit.
- Renew your strength continually.
Hindrance to Commitment
- Lack of vision
- Complacency – 2 Kings 6:1
- Lack of persistence or endurance – 2 Kings 2
- Hatred and bitterness
- Mistrust/distrust – lack of confidence in leaders
When is a good time to build and sustain commitment?
Commitment should be built and sustained all the time, any time. Commitment doesn’t usually occur one moment. It grows within people over time.
Commitment grows when people:
- Work together
- Feel successful at what they do
- Make decisions together
- Work through conflicts
- Support one another’s leadership
- Have fun and play together
- Overcome obstacles
- Hold each other for high principles
- Appreciate and respect one another
- Challenge one another to take the next step
- Build relationships.
- Experience a victory together
- Learn from mistakes and setbacks
- See their leaders’ model commitment.
Benefits of Being Committed
- You have access to God.
- You have authority from heaven
- You will receive blessing on earth and in heaven.
In the word of John Gardner, “commitment requires hard work in the heat of the day; it requires faithful exertion in behalf of chosen purposes and the enhancement of chosen values”.