6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”
Commitment to God arises from faith in his promises, is expressed in worship and adoration and leads to obedience to his commands.
10 So you must obey the Lord your God by keeping all these commands and decrees that I am giving you today.”
14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone.
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
3 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you want to return to the Lord with all your hearts, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Turn your hearts to the Lord and obey him alone; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”
22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Obedience to God’s commands as a sign of commitment
9 Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey him alone.”
17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.
Jesus equates obedience with love:
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments.
10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.
Love for God and worship of him are trademarks of commitment
6 “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
37 Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’
Benefits of commitment to God
9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”
10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.
1 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.
13 But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the Lord your God, he will change his mind about this disaster that he has announced against you.
God’s commitment of gifts and tasks to his people
God’s commitment of gifts
17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
God’s commitment of the faith to believers
3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.
Are you His trusted people?
Do you defend the faith that God intrusted you?