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Welcome to COMMIT YOURSELF TO LIFE! This site is still under development, but it presently offers a daily, Christian devotion written by Curtis Dickinson. Originally collected in a small book entitled Commit Yourself to Life, “these devotions are written in the hope that they might shed light on the neglected subject of the eternal purpose of God.” Here Dickinson’s insightful and encouraging meditations are being posted for a new and broader readership. Dickinson also is known for publishing The Witness monthly newsletter from 1963 to 2004. Thanks for visiting.


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JANUARY 20

“. . . what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness.” II Peter 3:11

“The good life” that is suggested to us through modern advertising is made up of the latest luxuries, the things that money buys to make us comfortable, and in brief, the things that satisfy the “lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the vainglory of life”. It is hard for many people to imagine a life without at least some of the things that satiate their jaded appetites. But what Peter tells us is that all these things are to be dissolved, and then life must be measured for what it is, and not for its environment and accoutrements. When the things have gone, then it is one’s own being that is measured, whether he is holy or unholy, whether he is godly or ungodly.

The essence of God is holiness. He has said, “Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy”. (Leviticus 19:2). When he created man, he created him holy, because he created him in His own image. When man sinned he lost this holiness, marred the image and became fit only for ultimate death, for he ceased to be that which God had created him to be. Through substitutionary death, the animals at first, in anticipation of Jesus’ death, and finally the death of the Redeemer Himself, the sin is removed, and man is able once again to appear holy before God. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation . . .” (I Peter 2:10). Hence the purpose of God is eternal: the man in His holy image, which he proposed in the beginning, is the man that He is to have in eternity. It follows, that this is the kind of man He wants even now. It is strange that so many recognize that holiness and godliness is the goal of eternity but look upon the present as a period excluded from God’s purpose, a time where anything goes. The mind and desire of the Creator has not changed. The person God wants for His new creation in eternity, is the kind He wants now and the kind Jesus will look for when He returns. The truly “good life” is one that, when all things are removed, reflects the image of the Father, “in all holy living and godliness.”

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for daily provision, and for the many material blessings that are mine, but help me not to set my heart on any of them, but to concentrate on making my life holy and godly. Through Jesus my Saviour, Amen.