John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
“The Christian religion never could have started with the kind of loyalty people give today.” David Zwerner Another way of saying commitment is often lacking. God calls for total commitment. “Whatever He says, do it” No half measures; no putting aside disliked commands. It is very much a case of ALL or nothing. Strangely enough, those who launched the Christian Church we not previously successful not did they understand a lot about Jesus. Three years with Him did not see them mature greatly. But in the qualifying period, it was obedience that effected their baptism into the Holy Spirit, that transformed them.
Commitment is foundational to sound human relationships. We all depend on it; commitment implies dependability. When we can depend on someone else it means so much to us.
We need to develop relationships in which others can depend on us. Commitment is when a fireman attends a fire in the middle of the night when a nurse responds immediately to the buzzer when a policeman drops everything to respond to the cries of a small child. Commitment means that voucher will be honoured, that when we flick the switch the light will come on. Commitment is costly, it is personal. No one can take my place or substitute for me. Resurgence from our problems begins and continues when we commit our lives to God, yielding completely to Him.
2 Corinthians 10:3 I do live in the world. But I don’t fight my battles the way the people of the world do.
Recovery causes conflict. You will find that because of what you are learning in recovery you no longer think like other people. You no longer act like other people. For some of those people that are going create conflict.
In Luke 12:51 Jesus says “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you. I have come to separate people.
There is no middle ground in recovery. You are either in or you are out. It requires commitment. Even when conflict arises.
The conflict for me in the process of recovery meant moving away from everyone and everything I knew and loved. It added a new dimension to the phrase. If you love it set it free.