In His Name
What does it mean to commit one's life to the Christ Jesus? That can be a tricky, and very touchy, subject.
KEEP THE GOAL IN MIND
First and foremost, we must remember the ultimate goal and it has nothing to do with this life. It is about being reunited with God when He finally returns to establish His new Kingdom. What we do in this life, or fail to do, will help bring us into God's Presence in our Eternal Life [John 3:16, 18; Philippians 3:14; Romans 2:6-8]
As a supplement to this idea one has to keep firmly in mind that Heaven and Hell are both real places. The Bible is very clear on this point [Revelation 21:8; Matthew 25:46] and in the very explicit words of Jesus:
Matthew 10:28 New King James Version (NKJV)And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
And if one does not fully believe the Bible is 100% true from Genesis 1:1 all the way through to the last word of the Book of Revelation, guess what? That person is not fully committed to Christ.
IT IS NOT THE EASY ROAD
The Bible tells us to pick up our cross and follow Christ [Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; i.a.] and Christ died a very painful death on His Cross for our sake. I think we can infer that carrying our cross is not going to be an easy task.
There are several other verses in the Bible that being fully committed to Christ is not an easy task. We are told we are to die in and for Jesus [Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 4:11; Galatians 2:20]; we are told to take the narrow path and not the broad way:
Matthew 7:13-14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
“Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; 14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Further, the Bible is clear that we will suffer, it can even be to our betterment, for Christ [Romans 5:3-5; 1 Peter 8:11; James 1:2-4] Again, one's eyes must be on the "end zone" of Eternity.
JESUS MUST COME ABOVE ALL
By "above all" I mean #1, literally nothing can be more important in our lives. I love my wife, I cherish my children but as hard as it is to say (or think) living in the flesh, the Bible is again quite clear:
Matthew 10:37 New Living Translation (NLT)“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.
This one was, and is, a very difficult one for me to accept at times. It seems impossible to me that I can achieve this. But I know I must, somehow. I've taken baby steps, like my daughter flying off to SE Asia three times. Or my son telling me he feels called to be a missionary to South and/or Central America. I often ask why my children want to be thousands of miles away from me, the Holy Spirit always answers "because that is where your God is leading them." Case closed. Mostly.
Passage after passage tells us we must put God above every other single thing in our lives [Psalm 73 (in its entirety); John 3:31; Ephesians 1:20-23; i.a.] Once again we are faced with the fact that if we are to live our lives fully committed to Christ we must believe that the Bible is 100% true cover to cover. We may find it difficult at times, but there it is. Ignore it at your own peril!
For me the terminus of my train of thought became quite clear. While belief in God is the essential beginning of Salvation, we have to remember that even the demons of Hell know God [James 2:19] so we must go deeper. We must love, the greatest of commandments [1 Corinthians 13:13; Matthew 22:36-40], we must do good works for our Faith to live [James 2:14-26] and we must be fully committed to Christ.