And ye shall be hated of all men for my nameâ€™s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. â€“ Matthew 10:22
Recently, I heard a commercial that touted an amazing claim. â€œLearn to speak Spanish in only 6 hours!â€
â€œSix hours? There is simply no way to learn an entire language in six hours!â€ I thought. One thing is for sure, that advertiser was going to get a large response from the vast audience of listeners that day. Why? Because weâ€™re all looking for the shortcut in life.
I donâ€™t care how bad you want to learn Spanish, though, you just canâ€™t do it in six hours. It takes discipline, it takes study, and above all it takes commitment. Likewise, becoming what God wants us to be isnâ€™t a â€œsix hourâ€ job, either.
Often, we grow discouraged at our failures or setbacks, or feel like giving up when our progress isnâ€™t as fast as weâ€™d like. But you canâ€™t learn to live for God in â€œsix hoursâ€. Your healing wonâ€™t always come in six hours; your relationship wonâ€™t mend in six hours. Your prayer life doesnâ€™t just blossom in six hours. Living for God takes discipline, study, desire and, above all, commitment. Thereâ€™s that word again, â€œCommitment.â€
Not long ago I counseled with a married couple in distress. â€œDo you know the difference between a married couple and a divorced couple?â€ I asked. â€œThe answer is, â€˜Commitment.â€™â€ See, married couples usually face the same struggles that cause others to divorce. What is the difference between someone who stays in the Church and those who throw in the towel? You guessed it. Commitment.
I want to give you an outright challenge right nowâ€¦ Make a pledge to God that you will give him 100% for 60 days. Read your Bible, pray and talk to someone about Jesus every day. Give faithfully to the church. Attend every service available. I canâ€™t give you results in six hours, but if you will take this challenge, I promise that your â€œGod journeyâ€ will be the best itâ€™s ever been. The ball is in your court now. Can you handle commitment?