BE COMMITTED-CHOOSE LIFE
This day vow to God you will accept His gift of life, and seek to live in consonance with His will.
A young girl and man stand before an altar in the presence of God, family and friends, and Pledge their love one for the other. These are commonly referred to as “wedding vows”, and they constitute a total commitment. The intended result is to bringing them together becoming “one flesh” in the eyes of God. Their “promise” is to love, honor and cherish one another through the experiences of life including all good or bad report. Even though death someday might separate them, God promises through all life’s series of events including trials and tribulations, He from their side would never part, and by His Grace they should multiply by having children and teach them in the ways of the Lord.
God never intended that married couples were to raise dogs, cats and parakeets only, but to have a family, and to take dominion over all things and situations thus subduing all evil in this earth’s entire domain.
It is very unfortunate that so many do not realize, or take heed in just what they have committed. The word “Commitment” seems to have very little relevance or no value what so ever in today's world events and morals.
God's answer some two thousand years ago was manifest when an unknown innocent unsullied Virgin gave birth to a boy child. She had willingly and passionately relinquished any and all mastery of self by submitting her body and emotions to the will of God, even though she was betrothed to be married, and by the overshadowing power of His Holy Spirit, conceived and birthed the boy JESUS. She married Joseph before birthing Jesus. Joseph so honored Mary and her commitment the scriptures tell us that he never knew her until after the birth of Jesus. Here we learn of the commitment of Joseph to honor his wedding vow. Together they raised this child through infancy, and adolescence to manhood. It was at the time of his bar mitzvah, He, JESUS began seriously to do His Fathers "business”.
It seems so difficult to realize that JESUS (God in the flesh) was born of woman and having all the emotions, feelings and the same “free will” (freedom of choice) as you and I. Remember that the scripture describes when John the Baptist did baptize JESUS in water; the Spirit of God in the form of man was visually seen descending upon Him “like a dove”. God was then heard to say, “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”. Our Heavenly Father incarnated by baptizing himself into the flesh body of Jesus to abide with Him until it pleased the Father that Jesus did take upon himself total sin, (all the corruption of sin) and through His death on the cross take it all into the abode, of Satan, which is hell and there He, dumping it in his lap and then wrestling away from him the keys of death and hell in order that we might gain total redemption from having such a deserved sinful fate.
It is in the 17th chapter of the Gospel penned by the apostle John, we read about the true Lord’s Prayer. JESUS clearly states that He is one in the FATHER and the FATHER is one in Him. Realize that Jesus did nothing by himself, but all that He accomplished, or said was done by the Spirit of the Father, the Holly Spirit within Him.
Remember, Jesus is God encased in human flesh. He at the time of His earthly ministry was as we are today, spirit soul and body with blood flowing through His veins, and being like us, man could relate to him and He would be able to meaningfully relate his message to man. In Matthew chapter 26, verses 32 through 44, JESUS showed feelings of mortal man. Praying and asking His Father not only once, but three times, that if there was any other way to pay the ransom or atone for all worldly sin, and to provide for all humanity a way to receive the gift of eternal life, make it possible. He asked to have the “cup” from which He had committed to drink be taken away if there was any other way. However, after many hours during which He confessed "the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" He said, “Not my will but yours be done”, thus finally committing to fulfill his committed mission. His mission not only to pay ransom for sin, but to regain from Satan the blessing God had spoken into existence through the power of His spoken word to Adam, and that he, Satan had stolen, thus fulfilling the scripture of Revelation chapter 12, verse 10, “Now is come salvation”.
Comprehend if you can the enormity of love, compassion, courage and dedication to willingly allow yourself to be put through all the scourging torture and crucifixion that our Lord Jesus did, or that a Father would stand by and allow to happen to His Beloved. It is most difficult to comprehend, but GOD could not, and will not co-exist with sin, therefore for the moment in time Jesus was alone, but he had not succumbed to the devil’s temptations to influence the son of man to violate his commitment. Jesus died on that cross in order to atone for all worldly sin, past, present, and future, and to restore the broken bond between God and His created man.
Reviewing the sanctity of any vow including the wedding vow, the seriousness of committing to a set of conditions, the wedding vow is more than just legality. It is a binding covenant between Man and Woman and God to fulfill His desire for His created male and female man as they become one flesh. To manifest His total purpose; first a Child was born as a gift from God, and then He, God's only begot Son was given that the saved children of God will have an everlasting inheritance.
The faithful and anointed apostle Peter wrote in his first epistle in chapter one: We should continually bless, and give all praise to our heavenly father, the father of our lord Jesus Christ, for it is by His abundant grace, and great mercy that we have been Spirit born, born again from above by God’s Holy Spirit, because He had raised our Jesus from the dead. It is because of this we can now live with great expectation, a lively hope that we have a priceless inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and will never; I say again it will never fade away. This exceedingly great and wondrous prize is the hope of all Glory, which should be every ones goal with purpose for our earthly life. Yet in Romans chapter 12 verse 1 we learn: to attain joy throughout this live, we are instructed as a reasonable service holy and acceptable unto God, to present our bodies of carnality as a living sacrefice. For by His loving mercies this glorious reward is kept in heaven, pure and without any corruption to be given all God’s children at the end of this age and the beginning of eternity, and when we make it we can declare, we are home at last.