Editor's note: This article was originally published on Sarah West's blog, Heartskeeper. It has been republished here with permission.
We are a society based on convenience. If it works for our schedules and satisfies our desires, we do it. If there is no benefit, we simply walk away. Many of us have had the privilege of growing up in a time that every modern convenience was at the push of an app; where life was virtually lived out and commitments change as quickly as the next fad.
So should we really be that surprised that our commitments to things that sometimes aren't so convenient waver?
I tell people all the time I was part of that transitional church generation, when young adults no longer found what the church had to offer useful or worth their time. Church was stale and many of the church leaders watched helplessly as young adult after young adult jumped ship for greener pastures. I was one of the jumpers.
The commitment phobias have not changed, even though the church has undergone some serious transformations over the past decade. The youth and college programs are phenomenal. And though young adults don't appear to be jumping ship, they are jumping program to program. In order to bring in the students, many churches have changed appearances, even diluting the Word, to make it more appealing to the masses.
I am in total support of making church "user friendly." I am in complete support for great programs for students. I am just concerned that we are replacing quality teaching opportunity for the sake of making faith more appealing to the masses. In turn, we are not developing faithful believers that will stand at all cost, but a commitment phobic generation of church-goers that will walk away when they aren't being entertained.
So how does a person stay committed in a commitment-phobic world? Here are four ways to start.
1. Keep your relationship with Christ personal
Where your heart is, your actions and time will follow. If you are focused on Jesus, you will crave God's word and seek out a church that has sound quality teaching. The great programs and activities will be an added bonus but if and when they change, you won't.
2. Keep your nose in the Book
In the era of church entertainment, there are people that aren't teaching God's truth. They are inspirational speakers, not preachers of truth. Be careful who you lend your ears to. If you know what God's word says, you will be on guard when you hear something that contradicts it.
3. Understand you need fellowship with like-minded people
Over the years, the one thing I have learned about my spiritual growth is this: I need people in my life that speak hard truth. A great way to connect is by these great church programs, but seeking out those that are there for growth, not just something to pass time.
4. Remember that being committed sometime means you are alone
It is easy to commit when everyone else is, but what happens when the sheep stray? Will you follow or stand your ground? Even when it seems you are the only one staying in the fight, know you are never actually alone.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7