1 Kings 8:61, NIV: But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

A recent movie depicts a young woman who when she gets close to the altar on her wedding day, turns and runs frantically out of the church. As the “Runaway Bride,” Julia Roberts’ character seemed greatly afraid of commitment—or at least, of her perception of what that commitment would look like. As Christians, our desire is to be fully committed to the Lord. As humans, our nature is to run from anything we perceive as too uncomfortable, or too demanding, or unfamiliar. It is often our perception (or the perception of others) of what we should be as Christians that makes it so very hard to be fully committed to God. But we are not seeking to be committed to an image of Christianity; we are seeking instead to be committed to Christ. We need not fear losing ourselves to a religion; we instead will truly find ourselves in Jesus. In Christ, we have liberty to simply be who He created us to be—and to do so while being fully, and uniquely committed to Him.