He is committed to his marriage. He is committed to his family of 3 crazy sons! He was committed to his job at General Motors for over 40 years (I realize in today's work climate that this is not necessarily a desirable or even possible feat anymore). He is committed to serving his church with his time, talent, and treasure.
Maybe it's just me, but I rarely see this type of commitment anymore. People jump in and out of marriage like they're going steady in high school. People spend less time at home nurturing their families. Christians have a low commitment level to their church. They are giving less of their time, talents, and money, and they jump around from church to church because they want everything "their way."
At least here in America, I think this is merely a reflection of our current culture. If we don't like someone or something, we simply throw it out and move on to something else. We live in a disposable society. Unfortunately, American Christians and the American Church have become a reflection of the society. I believe this saddens God that those that consider themselves Christ followers have not risen above the culture. We of all people should be counter-culture.
Do not conform any longer 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 (Romans 12:2, NIV).
So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment (Joshua 24:14, MSG).
You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom (Matthew 5:10, MSG).
Jesus said, "Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God's works" (John 6:29, MSG).
So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision - you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it (Philippians 3:15, MSG).
As a Christian, are you living a life of commitment? Is your life patterned after the world, or are you bucking the culture? What steps could you take today in the direction of living out a more committed lifestyle?