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「道成了肉身,住在我們中間,充充滿滿的有恩典(Charis)有真理(Alethia)。我們也見過他的榮光,正是父獨生子的榮光。」(約翰福音1:14)

Commitment and Freedom

Starbucks Coffee CupLiving in a post-modern world where commitment is rarely seen as a virtue anymore, I’m very surprised to see such a veracious and biblical statement on a Starbucks coffee cup:

The Way I See It #76

The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.

— Anne Morriss Starbucks customer

Yes, commitment is not about doing things only when it feels right. It is a willful choice to do it despite the circumstances. When you have committed yourself to something, you don’t rationalize your excuses. You don’t justify your pretexts. You just do it, because you have chosen to do so and you stick with your choice until the end. The result is liberating because you are no longer under the control of the fluctuating desires of the flesh, but on and over it. And this ultimately leads to life – a life of freedom.

Some might argue: only if it is so easy to commit. Yes, it is not easy, especially with our own will. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, who is able to overcome the flesh and set us free, it becomes possible and not difficult at all.

Commitment leads not to bondage, but to freedom and life.

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23, TNIV)


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  1. L says

    One can also commit to do the wrong thing without knowing it 🙂

    • Anson says

      That’s why we need good spiritual discernment over what we decide and commit to. We only commit to what God has genuinely called us into. Only then we can find freedom and life.