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COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO GOD pdf

JAMES MCCONKEY

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him,
and He will bring it to pass.”-Ps. 37: 5.

We find the truth concerning surrender in Paul’s terse sentence “Yield yourselves unto God.” This single word “yourselves” covers every aspect of our lives. It describes how we transfer all we are, and all we have, to God, forever! It begs us to yield everything to God.

I. OUR “ALL” IN COMMITTAL.

God would not only have us yield all that we are to His service, but all that we have to His keeping. He would have His yielded children at perfect rest and peace concerning all the varied interests of their lives. He would have them “anxious in nothing;” “casting all their care upon Him;” “kept in perfect peace” because they trust in Him. Essential to this is committal. For perfect peace requires perfect committal. He cannot prove his ability to perfectly keep that which we have not perfectly committed!

Suppose, by way of illustration, you own a rare and precious diamond. It has recently come into your possession as an heirloom. As you come to recognize the priceless value of the gem, you begin to worry about how you are going to safely keep it. Every noise at night startles you; every report of theft fills your heart with fear; every passing week increases your level of anxiety concerning this treasure. At last a sympathetic friend approaches with a timely suggestion: “Friend, you are worrying over this jewel because you are trying to keep it yourself. And you will continue worrying about it, as long as you continue keeping it. Don’t you realize you can commit the keeping of your gem to a bank and be at perfect rest concerning it?”

Impelled by the words you go to the bank. You walk around the building noticing its massive walls, strong doors, and the barred and bolted windows. Going inside you closely examine the vault: the careful deposit records kept; the time lock with its marvelous mechanism; and the safety deposit boxes where treasures such as your jewel are kept. Satisfied, you commit your diamond to the cashier, watch him deposit it in the box—carefully closing the steel doors, locking and double-locking them—and you leave satisfied that your jewel is perfectly safe. Something has happened to the jewel. You have committed the gem to a place where it is protected against all intrusion. But something has also happened to you, for you find yourself in perfect peace about that treasure. The thief may prowl about your residence, can break your locks, even enter your home, but he cannot disturb your peace concerning the now committed jewel. For whenever you think of the diamond you think of the bank where it securely resides, and are immediately at rest.

But there is more to learn. You also own a valuable watch which is in your keeping. You worry about this watch in the same way, until your friend comes again and tells you they also keep watches in the bank, and advises you to commit your watch to the bank’s safe keeping. You accept his suggestion, commit the watch, and peace comes concerning the watch. Unfortunately you continue to worry; over your stocks, your bonds, and your other valuables. Your friend returns and tells you not to worry about anything since, says he, “they not only keep diamonds and watches in the bank, but stocks, bonds, mortgages, securities, leases and deeds; in short, any personal valuables you may own. Now if you will just make a complete committal, you will have complete peace.” Therefore you gather up everything you possess and entirely commit all of it to the bank which has already won your confidence by its safe keeping of your first and rarest treasure. Then you come into perfect peace as a result of your perfect committal to the perfect keeper.

Child of God the truth is very plain here? Does it convict your heart? There was a time in your life when you were burdened with the effort to keep your own soul, the rarest jewel in all existence. After years of self-effort, self-righteousness, and agonizing struggle you gave up the effort and simply and trustfully threw yourself upon Jesus Christ, looking to Him to keep that which you had committed to Him. As a result, for years you have been at rest concerning the keeping of your own soul, for you know whom you have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which you have committed to Him. Yet, though at peace concerning your soul’s salvation, your life is burdened with anxious care about many other things. You are anxious about your business, your health, your loved ones, your future, your friends, your service, your ministry for Him, and numberless other interests. Have you never realized that just as you committed your soul to Jesus Christ, so He also wants you to commit everything else to Him? Have you never learned that only a perfect committal will bring perfect peace? Have you never seen that the blessed Lord is lovingly and tenderly interested in every detail of your life, and would have you commit everything to Him, even as you committed the keeping of your soul?

For care is linked with keeping. He who keeps the treasure bears the care. If we try to keep our lives we bear the care. But if we commit them, and all their interests to God, He bears the care. How can God keep that which we do not commit? The verse begins by saying, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep.” But what is “He able to keep?” That which I keep myself? That which I insist upon carrying, managing, and worrying over? No “that which I have committed to Him.” “Casting all your care upon Him” is as true for us as “for He cares for you” is true of Him. Is there anything in your life, therefore, that has been a haunting shadow of care, a burden of anxiety, a barrier between you and perfect peace? If so, then search your heart and see if this might not explain it. Take it, and definitely, finally, and irrevocably commit it to God. How else can He possibly keep it? Is this not the secret of your failure? There is nothing wrong with the bank? You are sure of that, for the Scriptures assert: “He abideth faithful.” It must be in your failure to commit, for never since the world began has He failed to keep that which has been committed to Him. Therefore if there is a lack of perfect peace in your life, quickly make that perfect committal and thus enable the perfect Christ to prove His perfect keeping.

2. OUR “WILLS” IN SUBMITTAL.

Not only are we to commit our lives to God, but we must also allow Him to have His way with them. The committal of all things must be accompanied by the submission in all things. When we yield our lives, we yield our plans concerning our lives, and accept God’s dealings with them. Not only “commit your way unto the Lord,” but “trust also in Him.” Not only take your hands off, but let Him put His hands on, however He may see fit. Many mistakes are made here. We commit the clay into the potter’s hands, but we do not remain under those hands. We commit the marble to the divine sculptor, but we do not relish His use of the chisel. We commit our ship to the broad ocean of His will and purpose, but we do not like the way He directs at the helm. Therefore when the potter begins shaping with painful pressure, the sculptor hammers and chisels, and the helmsman steers into the teeth of a dispiriting, heart-rending, tempest, we shrink from the pressured hammer blows and turn from the turbulent, unanticipated, swells.

But we must not do this. For God alone knows what is best for the life that has been placed in His hands. He alone sees the preparation needed for an eternal existence hereafter. We only know a little about its present; He knows its end “from the beginning.” He alone knows how to shape it for His perfect purpose. Only He knows what will best achieve its eternal weight of glory in the ages to come. But to do this, He needs a submitted will. He cannot work the desires of His Father-heart for us if we shrink, waver, and rebel under the new and unexpected treatment. The “Commit” that puts all into His hands, needs the “Trust also” that keeps all things under His hands. Therefore we must not only fully commit everything to God’s keeping, but trustfully submit to God’s shaping chastening. Let us not only give ourselves into His hands, but also stay under His hands as He deals to us that which is best from His standpoint, however grievous it may seem from ours. As we deliberately and irrevocably commit everything to His keeping, let us say to Him: “Lord, I don’t know what is best for this life, but You do. While I pursued my own will concerning it, I only found failure, mistake, fruitlessness, and disappointment. Now, yielding it to You, I also submit to Your will concerning it. As You see fit, send prosperity or adversity, rest or toil, service or suffering, abasement or exaltation, crucifixion or glorification, the midnight darkness of need or the noonday blaze of fullness in You. Continue the work of your hands, do not spare your chastening efforts, and keep the furnace fires burning, until Your perfect work is accomplished with me. By Your grace I will walk with You regardless of the path you have chosen for me. I will trust You when I cannot see You. I will submit to You when I cannot understand You. I choose to yield myself wholly, absolutely, and irrevocably, in humble, trustful submission, to You and Your blessed will.”

In coming into perfect submission to God’s will it will help us to carefully ponder a few self-evident truths. They include:

Our God is a God of tender, compassionate,
unchangeable, and LIMITLESS LOVE.

The God of LIMITLESS LOVE is also worthy
of LIMITLESS TRUST.

If these are not truths then there are no truths in the universe! If the Man who died for us does not perfectly love us, and is not worthy of unconditional, boundless trust, then the gospel of the grace of God is a fable, and the faith of His redeemed ones is but the flimsy fabric of a dream. And if the God of limitless love is worthy of limitless trust shall we not give it to Him, or else stand condemned in our own hearts? Let us be honest. What troubles us? Do we doubt God’s perfect love and consequent perfect trustworthiness? If so let us confess it with secret shame. Do we believe in God’s perfect love and perfect faithfulness? Then let us give Him the perfect trust and submission which such belief has a right to claim.

Moreover if God is Love His will is the most perfect thing in the universe for His children.

The Holy Spirit asserts God’s will is “perfect.” (Romans 12: 2) However He does not say we always see it as perfect, even though it is perfect. Therefore it is as perfect when we cannot understand it, as when we can; as perfect when it seems unjust and grievous to us, as when it seems just and acceptable; as perfect when the way is rough, toilsome, and shrouded in thick darkness, as when it is smooth, easy, and flooded with the noonday light. We should ask: Is or is not the will of God, who is love, the best thing in the world for us? If it is, then let us either yield to it, or confess that we do not want to. And if we yield ourselves because it is good and perfect to do so, let us not draw back when it seems otherwise. Any other action dethrones faith and enthrones our poor judgment instead.

Finally, the God who is Love is also supreme. Therefore everything which
comes into our lives is either sent by him or permitted by Him.

Reason grows dizzy and staggers at this, but faith calmly and trustfully accepts it as an eternal truth. For God himself declares: “All things work together for good to them that love Him.” Not that all things are good in themselves, because evil is never good, but all things work together for good to them that love Him. In some way God will make even the wrath of man to praise Him. In some way the God who rules in righteousness will over-rule all unrighteousness. In some way even the evil that attacks God’s children is, by the time it reaches them, in His permissive will for them. This is hard to understand at the present time, but faith submits to God’s keeping and joyfully accepts His assurance “You don’t understand what I am doing now, but you will understand later!” “You meant it for evil but God meant it for good,” said the sobbing Joseph to his awestricken brethren. The bleakest crime of human history was the crucifixion of Him who was that Joseph’s great anti-type. It seemed the master-stroke of the devil, the final extinguishment of the light of the world, the utter defeat of the God of the universe. Yet out of it flowed the blessings of a redemption which will glorify God through all the ages of eternity. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Beloved, God is love and is worthy of absolute trust; His will is the best thing in existence for us; and all that comes to us is either sent, or suffered to come, by Him. These are great foundation stones of “the truth as it is in Christ Jesus.” Have we deliberately and irrevocably accepted these truths? In their full light, an absolute submission to the will of the Christ of love is not only intelligent and reasonable, but will bring us into a place where His eternal peace can keep our hearts beyond our fondest dreams.

Perhaps the way seems encumbered with difficulty at this time? Does God seem harsh and unloving in the puzzling trials and afflictions that are allowed to come our way, even though He has not directly sent them? Do the burdens seem more than we can bear? The trials so peculiar that the darkness can never be dispelled? The grief too agonizing to ever be soothed? The wounds too deep to ever be healed? Then remember this: only through perfect submission and perfect trust can God have His perfect way in our lives. Do we want Him to have His way and carry out His highest purpose for us? Then no trial is too grievous, no furnace too hot, no price too costly, in comparison with the infinite blessings which come with entire submission and unconditional trust in Him. Since this is the sole condition by which God can perfectly work through us, it must be the supreme one He would work in us. It is a good thing that He will not prevent even suffering, if suffering is somehow necessary for the accomplishing of His purposes in our lives. Here the divine fatherhood is greater than human fatherhood. For human parents, through sympathy, may spare us suffering. But in the light of eternity the highest exhibit of God’s Father-love will be seen in His refusal to spare us our deepest suffering because in so doing we would have missed some highest good.

Rewritten in contemporary English by Dan Augsburger 5/1/00; all rights retained.