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Summary: We say we are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. How committed? Total commitment means that Jesus Christ is Lord in every area of our lives. He must be Lord on Saturday night as well as Sunday morning.

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TEXT: Luke 5:1-6

TITLE: TOTAL COMMITMENT

We say we are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. How committed? Total commitment means that Jesus Christ is Lord in every area of our lives. He must be Lord on Saturday night as well as Sunday morning. He must be Lord of our bodies as well as our brains. He must be Lord of what we save as well as what we sacrifice. He must be lord of our careers as well as our creed. Are we totally committed to Jesus Christ? Is He Lord of all?

At the beginning of Luke 5, we see that Peter is on the beach washing his fishing nets. When we come to verse 11 we see that Peter has left his boat, his nets, and everything to follow the Lord. A miracle takes place because of Peter’s commitment. When we totally commit to the Lord great things will happen. Miracles come as a result of commitment. The steps Peter took to total commitment are the steps we need to take to total commitment and seeing the miracles of God take place.

The first step is “getting involved.” Peter is willing to let Jesus use his boat. Luke 4:38 would indicate that Peter already knew the Lord at this time, but until now he has been content just to hear the Word of God while continuing his normal way of living (vs. 1 & 2).

This is a picture of many Christians today! Know the Lord? Yes! Willing to listen to the Word of God? Yes! (They like to hear good preaching but they don’t want to get to involved.) But not much change in life-style. In fact, from their lives it is hard to differentiate them from non-Christians trying to get ahead in this world, of all things. Many just want to wash nets. They don’t want to get involved.

The second step to total commitment is to “turn our boat over to the Lord.” We like Peter must be willing to turn over what we own to the Lord for His use. We own things. We own time. We own talent. Are we willing to share what we own with the Lord?

Are we willing to turn over our homes to the Lore? Are we willing to make time available for the Lord’s use? Are we willing to invest our abilities and talents and gifts, or should we go on “hoarding” them?

It is hypocrisy to speak of total commitment to the Lord when we are not willing to turn over our “boats” to Him.

The third step the Lord wants us to learn about total commitment is to “…put {push} out a little” (v. 3). It is one thing to take what we own and make it available for the Lord’s use, but it is another thing to step out a little by faith from the “security of the land.”

Let us not only open our room or home for a Bible study, but let us actually start one!

Let us not only make our weekends available for the Lord, but let us actually take on a Sunday School class as a teacher or substitute or become a Royal Ranger commander or Missionettes teacher.

Let us not only make available our money to help spread the gospel but let us actually verbalize the gospel!

Yes, it takes faith to “push out”. There is a risk and sacrifice involved, but that’s what pushing out from land is all about.

Jesus does not force Peter to “push out”: He asks him (v. 3). He will not force us to get involved but He wants to bless us with a miracle and for that to happen we need to “push out.”


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