"COMMITMENT" (Lesson 4)
1. We must entrust our very life into His keeping. This means complete trust. It means belief in His faithfulness, in His friendship, belief that He'll keep every promise made to us, through the promises of His word.
Into Your hands I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth and faithfulness (Psalm 31:5 Amplified Bible).
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit! And with these words, He expired. (Luke 23:46 Amplified Bible).
I realize that Psalm 31:5 was a prophetic word, given of Jesus future death on the Cross, however, as His followers, we too, like Jesus (and like Stephen, which you will read about below), must choose to walk a committed life unto the Father, (by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit in our lives), even when facing death. Keep in mind here, death does not necessarily speak of no longer remaining in this world. There is also a death ... a death to all of our self centered, selfish, self demanding ways, a death that must take place, so that self is no longer seated on the throne of our hearts, but rather Christ Jesus is. As Christ's disciples, this too must be entrusted into His keeping, that He be seated on the very throne of our hearts, as we step aside, and in humility, bow before Him. Such commitment requires trust.
It is this type of trust to "commit" being spoken of, in these verses.
And while they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, Lord Jesus, receive and accept and welcome my spirit! (Acts 7:59 Amplified Bible).
Just how greatly do we commit unto the Lord? Do we really trust Him even with our very life? Let's take a look at the meanings in Psalm 31:5 from the Strong's Concordance:
Into thine hand:
hand; him; thee; strength; power; wrists.
Let's paraphrase this:
Lord, into Your hand, even into You, yes, into Your strength, even into Your power, do I commit my spirit.
As an added note of mine, I'd like to mention here that I find it quite interesting that the word "wrists" is listed here. It's been said that the nails that pierced Jesus hands, were really hammered into His wrists, as the flesh (or joint) of His hands would have ripped or torn into from the weight of His body. If this is the case, seeing the word "wrists" listed in the origional Greek meaning of the word "hand" is quite powerful. Another way to paraphrase this would be: Lord, into Your blood, the very blood shed (whether it be from Your hands or Your wrists) on the Cross of Calvary, do I commit the whole of my trust ... do I commit my spirit, Lord.
Such a verse should cause us to do some deep thinking, meditating upon just how much we really do trust, and yield ourselves over to Him. If we can so trust Him with our life, even unto death, then to trust Him with our every day life (our bills, our health, our families, situations beyond our control, etc.) should not be difficult. As His disciple, we must come to a place, where we "trust Him fully". If this is yet a struggle, confess it to Him, and ask that He intervene in this area of Your life.
to commit; entrust; commit for care; deposit.
I trust You Lord, to care for me ... for my every need, whether it be in life, or in death. I deposit my life into Your keeping. I release myself into Your care, into Your keeping.
spirit; breath; mind; energy of life.
This is committing my very life (whether I live, or whether I die), into His care. However, there is much more listed in the Strong's Concordance, regarding "my spirit". Let's look at some of what is listed:
anger; courage; temper; impatience, patience; disposition (as troubled, bitter, discontented); unaccountable or uncontrollable; impulse; prophetic spirit; spirit (as seat of emotion); desire; sorrow; trouble; as seat especially of moral character; as impelling prophet to utter instruction or warning; imparting warlike energy and executive and administrative power.
If these areas, in our lives, have not yet been committed to the Lord, then we, as Christ's disciples, need to commit, each one of them that apply to us (one by one), to Him.
Thou hast redeemed me:
redeem; deliver; rescue; to be ransomed.
Prior to being stoned, Steven knew this. Before his death, he knew (by the faith of the Son of God), that He had been ransomed, that he was redeemed, and that He was soon (within but moments) be be rescued and delivered by Jesus Christ, Himself. Such faith in the Son of God ... faith each of us, as His disciples, should continually be in pursuit of.
O LORD, God of truth:
truth; right; faithful; sure; reliability; stability; of divine instruction; true doctrine.
God, Who offers to us, and, in fact is our stability, is most reliable. He is sure, He is faithful, He is of divine instruction. Indeed, He's the very doctrine of truth!
As Christ's disciple, we are to:
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. (Psalm 37:5 KJV).
And, from the Amplified Bible:
Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5 Amplified Bible).
In the beginning of this lesson, we learned we must commit our spirit to the Lord. In Psalm 37:5 we are instructed to commit our way to Him. Let's look at what "commit our way" means according to this verse (from the Strong's Concordance):
trust; commit; to roll; to roll away; to roll oneself.
way; journey; manner; road, distance; direction; habit; course of life; moral character.
Psalm 37:5 tells us, if we, Christ's disciples, will trust Him, and commit, or roll away (roll over unto His keeping), even roll ourselves (our journey, the very direction of the road (or path) we travel, even the entire course of our lives, and indeed, our moral character, into His keeping, yes "if" we will do this, the promise here is, He will bring it to pass. He will bring "what" to pass? According to the Strong's Concordance, "bring it to pass" means:
do, make, prepare, act with effect, maintain, attend to, put in order, observe, appoint, ordain, institute, bring about, perform, accomplish.
As we roll everything over to Him (this including not only our situations, but our whole self, as well) He will act in our behalf, giving attention to, putting in order, performing, even accomplishing "all" that we have entrusted into His care, into His keeping.
What then prevents us from walking in such a place with Jesus? We do! We prevent ourselves from such a walk, when we hang on to our own lives, trusting ourselves to do a better job than He. Until we release the care of our lives over to Him, we fall short of the fulness of His provisions, of His promises to us, every promise in the Bible, in fact.
Let's look at a few more verses, and see what we are to yield over to Him, for His keeping:
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. (Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible).
We must trust Him with our works (i.e. - actions, activities, business, deeds, doings, labours, things made, occupation, etc.) that "HE" might cause them to prosper!
If we, like Paul, have a desire to accomplish all that the Lord desires in and through our lives, then we, as His disciples must, as did Paul, walk in the persuasion that the Lord is able to keep, guard, protect, and watch over all that we commit to Him:
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Tim 1:12 KJV).
And ... from the Amplified Bible:
And this is why I am suffering as I do. Still I am not ashamed, for I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day. (2 Tim 1:12 Amplified Bible).
He promises we will not, even when weighted down with heavy burdens, slip, fall, or fail:
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). (Psalm 55:22, Amplified Bible).
Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring. Preserve my life, for I am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for I trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt]. Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day. Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up. Psalm 86:1-4, Amplified Bible).
Father, we come before You, asking You to produce Your life within us, through the truths of this Bible lesson. Together, we have looked at many scripture verses, and according to Isaiah 55:11, Your word tells us that it (Your word) will not return to You void, but rather, will accomplish that which You send it to do. In that Lord, may our faith grow great, that we, as did Paul, might believe You for great things to be accomplished in this earth, even through our lives Lord. We pray this with thanksgiving, in Jesus name, Amen.
To walk a life of commitment unto the Lord, one must be in "submission" to Him.
Next week: Submission (Lesson 5)