Summary: A sermon examining the importance of fully surrendering to Christ.
The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message" "Alter your course 10 degrees south." Promptly a return message was received: "Alter your course 10 degrees north." The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message: "Alter your course 10 degrees south--I am the captain!" Soon another message was received: "Alter your course 10 degrees north--I am seaman third class Jones." Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: "Alter your course 10 degrees south--I am a battleship." Then the reply came "Alter your course 10 degrees north--I am a lighthouse." - Paul Aiello, Jr.
There are many people who want full control of their life. They refuse to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. When we don’t listen to God’s instruction in our lives …WE CRASH! If that ship’s Captain refused to alter his course he would have crashed right into the rocks below the lighthouse. If you refuse to surrender to the Gospel & the Spirit you will crash! Today the lost man refuses to surrender to Jesus for salvation. And many saved folk refuse to surrender to Jesus’ direction in their lives as well. A common phrase in the church today is “I am going to commit my life to Jesus”.You have heard it and I have said it! But when you really look at the word you will find that the word doesn’t go far enough.
Adrian Rogers tells a story about a conversation he had with a man from Romania named “Josef T’son. They were talking about the difference between “Commitment” & “Surrender” T’son said, “When you make a commitment, you are still in control no matter how noble the thing you commit to. One can commit to pray, study the Bible, give his money, to make automobile payments, or to lose weight. Whatever he or she chooses to do, they commit to it.“Surrender is different. If someone holds a gun and asks you to lift your hands in the air as a token of surrender, you don’t tell that individual what you are committed to. You simply surrender and do as you are told.” But the key word is surrender. We are to be the slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We have enough commitment in the church today… we need surrender! Complete surrender to Jesus Christ. I want to preach on the subject of “Complete Surrender”. There are three things I would like to see about “Surrendering All To Jesus”:
i. You Must Submit Your Life To Jesus
ii. You Must Deny This World
iii. You Must Focus On The Kingdom
Let us begin with the fact that:
I. You Must Submit Your Life To Jesus - v57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
In Matthew’s account of this event we are told that this man was a Scribe. A scribe was a “teacher of religious law”This event takes place shortly after Peter’s Mother in Law was healed. After this we read that “That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick”. Matt 8:16
It is possible that this “scribe” was among the great crowd that was with Jesus as He healed many. He comes to Jesus and says “Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest”. Notice Jesus' reply - “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”
Jesus wasn’t turning this man away, He was explaining to him the “cost of being a disciple” He makes it clear to the scribe that there was more to following Jesus than meets the eye. Many times you will find people who get caught up in the excitement of others. They see God moving and great things happening and they want in on it! They need help and they think that Jesus is the answer. And we know that Jesus is the answer, but the problem is that these people want to make a commitment instead of surrendering to Jesus.
Webster’s defines “Surrender” as - the action of yielding one's person or giving up the possession of something especially into the power of another
Surrender is illustrated in the actions of James & John after Jesus called them to be His disciples: Mark 1:19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.