Summary: Jesus wants to be The Harbor Master in our lives. He knows how to safely guide us into port. He knows the low spots, and only he knows how to get us there, safely. To do so, we must "give up our seat" as captain of our vessel. He must sit in the chair.
Jesus desires to rule in our lives, not to just sit and watch
us live our lives, but to be actively involved in our moment-
by-moment decision making. To be our Leader and Guide,..
to empower us, to guide us through troubled waters.
On TV recently, I saw a documentary about a
"Harbor Master" at a major U.S. Port.
Large ships come into this port many times a day.
A tug boat takes the Harbor Master out to the
in-coming vessel. The Harbor Master comes up
into the wheel house, taking the driver's seat of that new
vessel. He “takes over” as Captain of that incoming
vessel. The ship's Captain must STEP ASIDE. He
must turn over the controls to the Harbor Master, to
that stranger,.. and trust the Harbor Master to take care
of his vessel!
The Harbor Master is familiar with the waters
within his port. He knows where the low spots are. He can
NOT have "untrained" Captains coming into HIS port,
and running into other ships or closing down HIS port.
So, if you want to get safely into port,.. if you want it
done quickly and efficiently,.. if you want it done better
than YOU could ever do it,.. you must give it up, you
must surrender your vessel to the Harbor Master!
He (and ONLY He) can do the job!
Is Jesus My Savior? I know He is! Is He also
my Lord and Master? I made Him Lord! I gave Him
my seat,.. gave Him the controls,.. because only He can
guide me safely into Port. He's the ONLY one who has
ever successfully lived for God. You can't do it on your
own. Jesus must do it. Because only He can!
Jesus doesn't need our help. We can't help Jesus, to
make us better Christians. He must take over the controls.
Our job is to yield,.. to step down,.. to Make Him Master,
to trust Him to do what He needs to do,.. in us and through us!
The story of David and Saul is classic,.. it was a
unique situation in the History of Israel. No other time
where there TWO kings within Israel,.. both anointed
to be King,.. and neither of them sitting on the throne!
Saul had been rejected as King, because he had
assumed too much. Rather than wait for the prophet,
to lead the service (to worship), Saul takes it upon
himself to do the evening sacrifice! This was NOT
what the King did! This was unheard of! You just
didn't do that!
The prophet arrives and lets Saul know He is
OUT as King. Saul is sad, and repents, but it's no
use. God has cut him off from being king. The prophet
sets out to choose a new king, and God sends him to the
house of Jesse,.. and He anoints David as the new king.
In the following months, while Saul is still alive
and ruling,.. David (the New King) comes in to play the
harp for Saul,( the Old King) to soothe his sorrowful spirit.
Is Jesus (the New King) within our lives ONLY to
soothe our Spirits,.. or is Jesus there to Rule within our lives?
Things go from bad to worse,.. Saul ends up hunting
for David to Kill Him! (As if killing God's chosen New
King would be the answer to his problems!)
Saul hunts for David,.. while David is looking for
hiding places in caves, etc. to keep out of Saul's sight,..
to stay alive! This occupies both men,.. neither is ruling!
Nothing is going right!
David one day finds himself within inches of Saul,
and could have taken his life, two different times, but David
believes "this is the chosen one of the Lord,.. I will not kill
the Lord's anointed." (The Younger David shows more
maturity than the Older Saul!) David runs to save his life.
Saul pursues. Not a good picture.
Both men,.. and the nation,.. was suffering during this time.
"Someone needs to die." One needed to die,.. so the King,..
the rightful king, could rule.
Death finally happens. Saul is trapped,.. and falls
on his sword, taking his own life. Gives up His Life,.. finally,..
so that David can finally rule!
Death is our lot. "Take up your cross"... we need to die.
Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ,.. yet I live, but not I,..
Christ lives within me." (Gal. 2:20)
However you wish to look at it,.. we need to GIVE UP
OUR SEAT to The Great Harbor Master.
We need to die to self,.. "Deny self,.. take up
your cross.." Luke 9:23 We must step aside,.. we must yield,..
we must surrender, and give up our throne to Jesus.
How do I die? How do I yield? It's another step on