The Long Haul Part 1: The Power of Commitment
1. The heart of Jesus could be described as fully COMMITTED. Committed to love, committed to forgive, committed
to God, and committed to you.
a. How would you define commitment?
b. Based on that definition, what are some of the things in your life you feel committed to? Why? (We often
forget the “why” we committed in the first place.)
c. How do you make sure that you stay true to those commitments?
2. In Matthew 26 we see that even for Jesus, commitment did not just happen but was a choice. We are often scared to
commit because we don’t want to be a slave to that decision. We love options. When we truly commit, we are
eliminating all other options.
a. Do you have areas in your life where too many options lead to a weak or nonexistent commitment?
b. Based on your earlier definition of commitment, what decisions and choices do you need to make to be fully
3. Without commitment there is no transformation. There is no change.
a. What does that statement mean to you?
b. What transformation are you looking for in your life?
c. What commitments need to be made to see that change and transformation take place?
4. Slaughter the Cow—–Burn the Plow (1 Kings 19:19-21)
a. What does the story of Elisha’s call to follow Elijah say to you about commitment and following the Lord
Matthew 26:36-44 NIV – Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit
here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be
sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and
keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken
from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he
asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it,
may your will be done.”
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away
once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
1 Kings 19:21 NIV So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the
plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became