• Michael Haldas

Commitment


“Christian faith requires the commitment of our whole life. Yet few go from being uncommitted to being fully committed in a single stroke. What does the process look like? It can look very different for different people. It is dangerous to standardize Christian experience.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“The spiritual life is an adventure, full of pitfalls and great heights…the road to Paradise must begin with a commitment to make the journey our main priority…Salvation is a process, not a one-time commitment.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Conversion to God is marked by a change in our lives, a commitment to live a new life, commitment to live a God-fearing life, a commitment to live a holy life.” (Father John Zeyack)

“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” (Pope John Paul II)

"Many people, monastics and laypeople alike, may not realize it, but marriage and monasticism have a good deal in common. Both are lifelong commitments to something apart from ourselves. Both require the same sacrifice of the will. Both are means of mastering the passions and are paths to holiness and salvation." (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“Each person must take up his/her own “cross.” The burden in this world is different for each person, and each has been chosen by God to bear certain struggles for their salvation and the salvation of those around them…Commitment to following Christ is not just a one-time event…it is the continual practice of faith and obedience…” (Orthodox Study Bible, Luke 9:23)

“This movement away from self and toward the other reflects our commitment to loving like Christ…Commitment to Christ moves people out of their comfort zones.” (Dynamis 8/30/2015, Life Application Study Bible, Hebrews 5:12-13)

“It’s more than interesting to notice how unblemished humanity responds to aloneness and mistreatment. As our Lord hung on the cross, He didn’t require others to treat Him fairly. Even though He was alone and wrongly treated beyond imagination and even though He mightily wished His pain could be avoided, His commitment to the Father’s purpose and to rescuing us from judgment never became secondary to His desire for immediate relief. It would never have occurred to Him to use suffering to excuse self-interest.” (Larry Crabb)

“The way we live shows others the strength of our commitment to serving God… If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like.” (Life Application Study, Joshua 24:15, Matthew 5:14-16)

“When life is going well, we tend to take God for granted; but when we lose hope, we cry out to Him. This kind of relationship with God can result only in an inconsistent, up-and-down spiritual life. A consistent, daily commitment to God promotes a solid relationship with Him. Look to God during both the good and bad times, and you will have a stronger spiritual life.” (Life Application Study Bible, Jonah 2:1-7)

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