Jack Canfield, writing in “The Success Principles”, asks participants in his seminars to agree to a list of 15 ground rules – be on time, sit in a different chair after every break, no alcoholic beverages until the training is over, and others. He makes them sign a form in their workbook that says, “I agree to keep all these guidelines and ground rules.”
On the morning of the third day, he asks everyone who has broken one of the ground rules to stand up.
“What becomes apparent,” he writes, “is how casually we give our word—and then how casually we break it.”
Honouring commitments impacts all dimensions of life.
• We make a commitment to start and finish work at a certain time. To show up!
• To complete our jobs in the prescribed manner.
• When we receive a driver’s licence we make a commitment.
Do you keep your work commitments? Why? How about God? What commitments have you made to him? On who’s terms have you made those commitments? Have you kept them?
The Jews had made a commitment to God, and they weren’t keeping to it! Malachi gives a rather stern rebuke!
Malachi 2:1 (NLT)
Listen, you priests—this command is for you! Listen to me and make up your minds to honour my name,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies…
Malachi goes on to give the Jews several reason why they should be honouring their commitment to God. It’s a hard word, but putting it into context, there’s something big coming up around the corner? This is the last book in the Old Testament Bible. Not long from here someone is coming who is going to change everything. Jesus. Israel needed to be ready, and their commitment needed to be real.
We have a God who honours his commitments. He keeps his promises. He fulfils his word. When you choose not to quit when the going gets rough, stick to lost causes because you said you would, hold on to a love grown cold, stay with people who have become pains in the neck, then you are most like God.