To answer that question we are going to look at a man named Naaman. He is one of my favourite characters in the Bible. He was the commander of the Syrian army. Before he had an encounter with God he was proud, and arrogant. But that all changed. The thing about Naaman is that he was a leper. To read his story you will need to read 2 Kings 5.
In the story he is told that he can be healed of his leprosy so he goes to the prophet Elisha. The prophet sends his servant to tell the Commander to go and wash himself seven times in the Jordon and he will be healed. (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman is very angry because his expectation of what is supposed to happen is not met. But at the end of it all he gets healed and this is where the answer to the question is.
What does committment look like? This is one picture of what it looks like. Naaman is healed and he goes back to honour the prophet.
He is a new man when he goes back to the prophet. Let me show you something, Naaman did not see the prophet when he was proud and arrogant, he only saw him when he was humble.
In life, pride will not get us anywhere. Pride actually hinders progress in our lives. Doors and opportunities remain closed when you have a proud heart. But humility on the other hand will open amazing opportunities for you. Seek humility and resist pridefulness at all costs.
Let us carry on. I strayed off course.
So Naaman goes back to the prophet a new man. After numerous futile attempts to give the prophet a gift, Naaman asks him for something instead:
Naaman said, Then, I pray you, let there be given to me, your servant, two mules’ burden of earth. For your servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to other gods, but only to the Lord. 2 Kings 5:17.
Wow. That really hit me. That is committment. I am trying to make you see what our committment to God should look like. It should be a complete change from how we used to live. Naaman asked for sand to take back. What a wierd request but a very significant and visual representation of where his heart was. He made a committment to follow and serve the true God and he was not going to turn back. Listen to the other request he makes:
In this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master [the king] goes into the house of [his god] Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this thing. 2 Kings 5:18.
Are you committed to God a hundred percent? Or are you still straddling the fence? Let us be like Naaman in his committment to God. He turned his life around completely and he never looked back. He is truly a picture of how our committment to God should look like.