When I was a kid growing up on the farm one of the chores we had was irrigating the pastures and hay fields. We didn’t use sprinklers, we flood irrigated. There was a ditch running next to the various fields and we would put in a plastic sheet that would act as a dam and the water would run over the bank of the ditch into the field. My job was to walk around with a shovel and “herd” the water so that every square inch of ground got water on it. As Dad would give me instructions on how to irrigate with a shovel he would repeatedly say, “just remember, water always flows downhill, never up.”
The only way we can become holy and righteous and grow more every day is if we have God’s power. Christians talk a lot about God’s power, but the observable truth is, not very many have it.
The next step in our pursuit of holiness is to understand that “God’s power flows to commitment, the stronger the commitment the stronger the power.” A commitment is a promise that we make to God. When we commit ourselves to Him we are declaring Him our Lord, our master, our king, and our boss. We are telling Him that we will do His will no matter how hard it is, that we will obey Him, no matter what.
Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Romans 6:13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Psalms 37:5-6 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light.
Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
To take up our cross is to admit that we are not in charge of our lives; Jesus is, and we need to take up our cross every day. Jesus did this very thing in the Garden of Gethsemane as He faced the cross.
Luke 22:41-42 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Every morning I pray a prayer of commitment to Jesus, presenting myself to Him as His servant confessing that I have no power and asking for His power to fill me for the day.