Promises #2 – Word
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
My brother is currently a missionary in the country of Oman in the Middle East. Last year before he left the country, he decided that he wanted to get a tattoo of Michigan. I had always wanted a tattoo as well, so I thought getting one together before he leaves would be an awesome brotherly bonding experience. We came up with a plan and agreed to get them together. The only problem was that when he called me to tell me he was at the tattoo shop I bailed. I came up with every excuse in the book on why I could not get a tattoo. Luckily, he had another friend with him who got the tattoo alongside him. I am sure he is still a little upset with me that I bailed, and I do not blame him. Now, if I ever agree to do something like that with him again, he is never going to believe me.
Scripture says in James 5:12, “But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.” When we make a promise, we need to keep that promise. For some reason, Christians are viewed as some of the flakiest people, and I think it is for good reasons. Our actions and behaviors reflect Christ, and one of the simplest ways to positively reflect Christ is to be a reliable person. If a friend asks you to help them move and you say yes, then show up on the day of the move. If you tell your kid that you are going to take them to the park tomorrow, follow through and actually take them. Kids, if you tell your parents you are going to get your chores done, do them. When we honor our word, we are honoring Christ. It is a powerful testimony when someone knows that if you tell him or her you are going to do something that you will follow through with it. An area where this issue is painfully evident is within serving in the church.
The body of Christ relies on believers serving, and we put the Church leadership in impossible situations when we agree to serve and then do not follow through on it. Serve Christ, and be committed to it. If you agree to serve in the nursery, do not cancel Sunday morning. In whatever area you have agreed to serve, there is an eternal difference waiting to be made; you just need to follow through on your word. We need to reflect the character of Christ by being people who follow through on our promises. We have a God who never breaks His promises. We know that we can count on Him no matter what the circumstance is, and as followers of Christ, we should be able to be counted on in the same manner.