Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Lever of Commitment

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Recently, one of the pastors at our church was preaching the Sunday morning service. At one point in his message, he wanted to say something about “level of commitment.” But his tongue stumbled a bit and out came “lever of commitment.” He quickly recovered and move on with his sermon.

But I was caught by the profundity of his slip of the tongue: lever of commitment.

A lever is a simple machine, a tool that greatly multiplies the effect of your effort. It focuses your energy for greater efficiency and productivity. Leverage is a powerful thing. Archimedes said, “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I’ll move the world.”

Commitment brings a powerful leverage that can change the world. It is like a tiny seed that grows up to become a mighty tree. It is like a little bit of leaven that leavens the whole lump of dough. It is a patient expectation, a dogged perseverance, an endurance that does not quit until its objective is secured.

God is not looking for men of renown or great talent. He has talents and gifts in great abundance. But He is looking for those who are faithful (full of faith) upon whom He can bestow greatness.

Commitment is faith linked with perseverance — a mighty combination that can change the world. How is your lever of commitment?