You should always honor your commitments. When you agree to do something, it is important to follow through with your word. One thing that I learned from all of my grandparents is that you are only as good as your word. Making empty promises and never being there when you are needed marks you as all talk and no walk.
Numbers 30:1-2 NASB Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the sons of Israel, saying, “This is the word which the Lord has commanded. 2 If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
I have been in quite a few situations where people do not keep their word. One of the most frustrating things is when you are supposed to working as a team and someone from your team decides not to participate. It creates more work for everyone else. I equate this scenario with my business. When someone does not show up for work, everyone else working has to do more to finish the days work. This prolongs everyone else's day and creates anger and resentment.
I have served on boards where people love to talk about all the great things that they can do. When it comes time to pitch in, they are no where to be found. When you do not honor your commitments, you lose authority. No good leader will expect their subordinates to do the lifting while they become awol.
Do you honor your commitments to Christ?
When we become saved, we put our trust in Christ. Part of that trust requires us to commit to following his lead. How often do you find yourself not honoring your commitments with Christ? I am sure that most of you have prayed a prayer before something to the effect: If you do _____ I promise to never do _____ again. Through our prayer our commitment is to stop what ever sin we are engaging in. Funny how when God frees us from this struggle, a lot of times we return to the problems that we found ourselves in in the first place.
Changing our prayer life to accepting God's will for our life will help us honor our commitment to him. Instead of bargaining a resolution with God, we need to accept his decision for our situation. When you agree to do something, honor your commitments. Don't bow out of situations where someone is counting on you. Don't be fickle when you put your trust in God.