This is the article I wrote for this weeks Village Weekly
Luke 23:46 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.
Jesus committed His spirit to His Father after the most trying ordeal in His life. This is pretty difficult to do. It is the complete act of obedience instead of looking around for what we deserve for what we have just gone through. Jesus, even though He was forsaken, still finished His Father's business.
This is the perfect example of what it looks like to have a committed Spirit to God. Now most of us will not be expected to go to the lengths that Christ did we still need to willing to give control of our life over to God. What does it take to have a committed spirit? First is takes submission. This is a difficult step because we must be willing to render our life to God. We do that through prayer, decisions, and desires. Second we must be obedient. This is the most difficult step because we have to do it on a daily basis. It is so easy to fudge a little on this but we can't. The last step is to follow through. When times get tough or too easy we must stick to task and not allow the temptation to let up take over. We do this rationalizing and laziness. Satan's biggest tool is not fear but indifference. If He can get us to let our guard down for just a little bit we can get off track.
Committing our spirit to God is really about surrender. As we surrender through submission, obedience, and follow through we will see not only a committed spirit but a surrendered life.