Commitment in itself has most of us stopped in our tracks, afraid that if we commit to anything, we are somehow losing all or a portion of ourselves. Like all fears, the fear of commitment for the most part is unwarranted and cutting us off from experiencing life at its best moments. Love, companionship, unity, and success are all things that come out of committing ourselves.
I’ve lost myself to things I have committed to in my past so I understand the fear of commitment. It was not until I made the decision to commit my life to Christ that I realized I did not have to live in fear. His love, grace, and forgiveness meant that I lived completely free.
Nothing explains more than this piece by C.S Lewis of what can happen to “self” when we surrender and commit ourselves to Him. A complete renovation is in store.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”