Into Your Hands, I Commit My Spirit

Why do people think they can be their own gods? It is audacious for a human being to think that he or she can take his or her own life in their hand. Why do humans think they can do whatever they want without consequence? It is as if we believe we can determine our final outcome. But this foolish! Ask the birds! Ask the trees! We didn’t buy this body! We didn’t create this breathe! In the beginning, God! No human being was to be found. It was just God! God created the heavens and the earth. And He formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him, and man became a living soul. Our breathe, our body, our being belongs to God!

It is to God Adam should have put his trust! But Adam did not. Adam put his life in his own hands. He did not listen to God. He listened to his desire. And by one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners. (Romans 5:19) Sin and death entered the world because Adam failed to put his trust in God. Sin and death is the reality and penalty when humans try to be their own gods or refuse to trust in God, and this decision will forever be foolish because God is God!

So now, death approaches each one of us. Ultimately, death is the appointment date for our meeting with our Creator. If we lived this life without putting our trust in God, we can be confident God will not receive our spirit. He will instead reject it and say, “Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…” (Luke 13:27) There will be sorrow and pain if we do not put our trust in God now! For God is God, and He created us and not we ourselves.

And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)

We should put our trust in God because not only is He God, but He is also good! God is so good that He sent His only begotten son to receive the penalty for our sins. Through the obedience of one man, we are made righteous! (Romans 5:19) He lost his life so that we could have everlasting life and become the children of God! Jesus demonstrates to us the value and necessity of putting our trust in God!

Look at Jesus!  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:6-11) 

Jesus entrusted His life in God’s hands! And though He had the authority to command a legion of angels to destroy his oppressors, though He had the authority to lay down His life and take it up again, though He was righteous and did not deserve to suffer, he says, “Not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) He knew he must drink the cup prepared for Him by His Father. He always did the things that pleased His Father. You see, Jesus is different from Adam! Do you remember when Peter told Jesus that Jesus did not have to go to the cross? Jesus responded, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matt. 16:23) He knew He must drink His cup regardless of His own desires or the desires of His loved-ones!

You can imagine a loved-one saying to you, as you take up your cross and follow the will of God, “But you’ll die! You are losing your life!” But you must be able to respond like Jesus saying, get behind me! You foolish person! I am losing my life to gain it! Don’t you know God has plans to prosper me and not harm me! Don’t you know God loves me, has my back, and my very best interest in mind! Don’t you know it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom! In my Father’s house are many mansions, and He is preparing a place for me! In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore! Where is your faith? I trust in God! And I commit my entire being to God. For God is God! And God is good!

One Reply to “Into Your Hands, I Commit My Spirit”

  1. Perfect title for this post

    Matthew 6:24 explains we cannot serve two masters. We like to fantasize about a third option of which we served self but that isn’t true. When we sin we are fulfilling Satan’s plan to guide us toward hell and as we demonstrate sin we place everyone we interact with at jeopardy for hell as we become negative influences to those that look up to us.

    Why is committing so difficult for man? The U.S. totes a 50% divorce rate of people who attempted commitment. Jonah was eaten by a large fish as a penalty for his decision not to commit to the will of the Lord. (Insert list of biblical examples of disobeying God’s commitments here).

    Although we know better. Why don’t we do better?
    Perhaps because we do not trust better? To fully commit to anything we must trust the entity of which we are entrusting our trust. When our hidden thoughts are trying to manipulate the mercy of the Lord we are yet not trusting the Lord because we are calculating an alternative outcome of which we futility think we can control. There is a reason God gave the Israelites fresh Manna daily and made expired manna rotten. God used that example to teach us that commitment isn’t a one shot deal – commitments are made afresh each day. Each day I rise and marry Christ anew with the pledge to be more faithful than I was the day before. To truly commit to Christ we must value commitment. Often times the flesh strays from commitment with the fear that there is a better opportunity that awaits us elsewhere. The beauty of truly knowing God is in knowing there is no better love than what God has to offer us so we may exchange our vows with full satisfaction that we have found our only one true love.

    Ephesians 5:22-33

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