There is a very fine line between commitment and contribution.
The two are both necessary to have a relationship that survives the test of time, but having the ability to identify the difference between the two can make or break a relationship. Here’s a little story that may help you get some understanding.
The Pig & The Chicken
One day two friends a pig and a chicken were walking down the road after a day of fun. As they are walking down the street they notice a grocery store with a big billboard that said “Help needed!” As the two continue to walk down the road the chicken stops and says to the pig “are we really just going to walk past that store and not even attempt to help?” The pig replied “of course I am!” The chicken said “I am shocked by your actions pig!” The pig said “You shouldn’t be. What you are failing to realize chicken is that you only have to make a contribution to help them out, but I have to totally commit.”
Many times in our relationships there is one person who only makes contributions while the other person has totally committed themselves. The difference is contributing while it cost effort there is not really a real sacrifice being made. When a person is commits sacrifice is made and ultimately that person dies to themselves for the benefit and health of the other party in the relationship. Commitment equals being selfless while in many cases contributing is usually selfish. What role are you playing in the relationship. Is your partner, mate, or spouse committed to you and the relationship or are they just contributing.
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins He totally committed. The sacrifice He made was death on a cross. The greatest thing about his death was that He didn’t stay dead, but instead rose on the third day with all power in His hand. Now He is contributing as well. We like the chicken in the story can help this world by making a contribution by doing our very best to live a holy life and help others come into a personal relationship with Christ. He committed now we need to contribute.
Christ is ready to commit to you. If you have yet to make Christ your personal Lord and savior all you have to do is confess with your youth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died on the cross, and that He rose from the grave. Once you do this your journey in Christianity will begin.