Do you have a purposeful commitment you adhere to regularly? It seems we all make commitments but how solid are they? These commitments often run the gamut from family, career, church, and others but there is a difference between a commitment and a purposeful one. Sometimes we stretch our resources with unnecessary commitments. This leads to feelings of an overwhelming nature resulting from these commitments lacking real purpose in the ultimate goal of creating good. Because these commitments often lack substance and a concrete goal, the focus of purpose gets lost.
Every summer, the maid of a wealthy family from Massachusetts accompanied them on their vacation to the northern coast. The maid had an annual ritual at the beach in which she dressed in her very conservative beach attire, that included a hat and enough paraphernalia to stock the local discount store. Once she arrived and settled into her special place, with every inch of her exposed skin covered, she would amble down to the water’s edge. There she would hesitate taking deep breaths and working up her courage to enter the icy-cold water.
Finally, she would carefully extend one foot and lower it slowly into the water until she barely had her big toe submerged. Immediately she would retract it and repeat the act with the other foot. Once she completed this annual tradition of satisfying her minimal urge for a swim, she would retreat to her chair and umbrella spending the rest of her beach day curled around a book.
The maid committed but lacked true purpose that resulted in a flimsy veil of substance. Sometimes our commitments to God’s Word, like the maid, lacks serious and purposeful commitment. This results in nothing more than dipping our big toe in the water and trying to call it a swim.
The Purposeful Approach
When we approach learning and expanding our knowledge of God’s Word we must have a purposeful commitment. The building of knowledge of His Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. For the purpose of God’s inspired Word should be clear as the Apostle Paul reminds us ”“ His Word provides us the knowledge to do good.
When we make a purposeful commitment to learn and study His Word it begins by reading carefully and thoroughly. Daily devotions are great, but they must be read with more than just a quick perusal of the words. It is important to think about how the scripture applies in the context of the writing and how it applies to our life at the time of the reading. Reading and studying His Word with a purposeful commitment in mind prepares and equips us to do good works for Him.
God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:17 (NLT)
Preparation is the Key
When making a purposeful commitment you must begin with preparation. Reading a verse while trying to get ready for work, shuffling kids out the door for school, or some other multitasking event results in just going through the motions. It is a commitment but not one made with the preparation that shows a purpose. When committing to read scripture on a regular basis it is important to set aside a specific time in which distractions won’t occur. Your ultimate goal in learning God’s truths is applying it to your life so you know how to do the work of Christ in the world.
Reading and learning the Word of God and then applying it to real life is necessary. For it is the standard for you to test everything that claims to be the truth of the world. Scripture reading and learning not only increase your knowledge but strengthens your faith. This leads you to do good things in the world.
Maybe you already read and study God’s Word regularlyÂ or perhaps it’s one of those things on your ”to do” list. Whichever the case it is important to examine and set about to make a purposeful commitment to Him. Determine your current time and see if you need to make changes to your approach. For as you understand fully that the Bible is God’s inspired Word and trustworthy, you realize the importance and necessity of not only reading it but applying it to your life directly.
The Purposeful Challenge
Won’t you be challenged to use His Word daily, understand it, and apply it to your life? Allow it to convict you to act purposefully upon the knowledge you gain from His instruction. Find motivation in knowing that it is your only source of knowledge about how you can be saved. Surround yourself with the comfort of knowing that there is a purpose for His Word as there is a purpose for you!
Love in Christ,
The idea that everything is purposeful really changes the way you live. To think that everything that you do has a ripple effect, that every word that you speak, every action that you make affects other people and the planet.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you have a purposeful commitment to God’s WordÂ regularly? Have you experienced the results of applying His Word to your life? Share your thoughts and experiences on making a purposeful commitment to learning and applying His Word in your daily life.