Shortcuts and partial dedication in your spiritual life seldom works. If you find you are continually giving in to other impulses or desires, then perhaps you need to change your approach. Cutting corners or allowing other things to take precedence over one commitment to attend to another commitment may reflect a lack of commitment. Set up standards for yourself that require accountability. Often when there is an earthly or peer consequence for not following through, it helps direct your priorities. However, it is of importance to remember, Jesus Christ didn’t ask the criminal on the cross to come to Him. Jesus let the criminal make the move and then welcomed him with open arms. Accountability?
Luke 23:41-43 New International Version (NIV); “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”
“We are not here merely to get on in the world and make a comfortable place for ourselves. It is dishonoring to God to live a selfish and self-centered life. If we would honor God, we must be constantly extending our love, thoughts and activities to our neighbors and fellowmen; we must share in Christ’s redeeming work; we must make it our first business to promote and build the kingdom of God in the world.”
“The Christian faith, sincerely adhered to and practiced, makes a tremendous difference in our lives. It gives us a new reason for living. It gives us a new confidence in the triumph of good over evil, right over wrong, truth over falsehood, love over hate. It gives us a new idea of God and our relation to Him. It inspires us with a new sense of duty and responsibility. The result is that it makes us a better person and a better servant of humanity. We must show our Christian faith by a genuine dedication to the Christian concept of life and service. We must respond with our whole heart and soul to Paul’s appeal to dedicate our bodies as a living sacrifice, consecrated and acceptable to God.”
Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV); “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”