Consecration Sermon Illustrations

Consecration Sermon Illustrations

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Unconditional Determination

It is not unworthiness, but unwillingness, that alone disqualifies us from following Jesus. It is unconditional determination that He demands. D'Aubigne, the great church historian, says that when he was a student at college he was much beset by doubts and difficulties in relation to questions connected with divine truth, and it was his wont to repair to an old Christian in very humble life, whose rich experience had often served to help the young student. But at length, upon proffering some grave difficulty, D'Aubigne received an unexpected rebuff, for his aged friend replied, "Young man, I shall not answer any more of these questions of yours. If I settle them one day, new perplexities arise the next day. The great question for you is, 'Do you mean to belong altogether to Christ?'" That is the shortest way of setting at rest these misgivings.—Biblical Illustrator.

Enough to Be Miserable

Aunt Dinah described a young member of her church as having "jes' 'nough religion to make her miserable—too much to be happy at dances an' too little to be happy in pra'r meetin'." Alas! the type is common—a troubled spirit that halts halfway, afraid to go back and unwilling to go forward. There is no peace in the borderland. The halfway Christian is a torment to himself and no benefit to others.—Earnest Worker.

Members of Christ

Thou hast no tongue, O Christ, as once of old,
To tell the story of Thy love Divine,
The story still as strange, as sweet, as true;
But there's no tongue to tell it out but mine.

Thou hast no hands, O Christ, as once of old,
To feed the multitudes with bread Divine;
Thou hast the Living Bread, enough for all;
But there's no hand to give it out but mine.

Thou hast no feet, O Christ, as once of old,
To go where Thy lost sheep in desert pine;
Thy love is still as deep, as strong, as kind;
But now Thou hast no feet to go but mine.

And shall I use these ransomed powers of mine
For things that only minister to me'.
Lord! Take my tongue, my hands, my feet, my all;
And let them live, and give, and go for Thee!Anonymous.

Bondslave of Jesus Christ, Thine, Thine alone;
Whom have I else in Heaven, or earth, or sea?
Naught that I have, my Lord, I call mine own:
All that I am, O God, I pledge to Thee.

Against the doorposts of eternity,
The high and holy place of Thine abode,
Pierce through mine ear the sign of slavery
And point me any service, any road.

A slave! I would not question, would not choose.
Man's praise or blame no more can trouble me;
Even my right to self to Thee I lose,
And in that bondage find that I am free.—F.C.D.

(Exod. 21. 1-6; Rom. 12. 1)

A girl was sent to a finishing school by her wealthy parents. There she learned science, art, dancing and other things. One night she went to a revival meeting and at the close of the service she accepted Christ as her own personal Savior. She gave her heart to Christ, yielded to Him, and decided she would dedicate her life to missionary service.

She wrote home to her father and told him of her decision. He went into a rage and wrote to her immediately, saying, 'Get on the next train and come home.'

She obeyed and returned to her home. As her father met her, he said, 'I did not send you to school to get religion. That is all right for poor folk and half-wits, but not for a child in your stratum of life. You will have to get this religious notion out of your head. If by tomorrow morning you have not decided to give up this foolish notion of religion, you may pack your suitcase and leave this home.'

She went to her room with a heavy heart. It would mean loss of love, culture, money, prestige. On her knees she fought it out. The next morning she packed her suitcase. Before leaving, she stepped over to the piano and started to play and sing:

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou, from hence, my all must be:
Perish every fond ambition,
All I've sought and hoped and known;
Yet how rich is my condition,
God and Heav'n are still my own!

She arose, and with tears streaming down her face, turned toward the door. Before she could open it, her father stepped out from behind the curtain where he had been listening to her playing, and with emotion said: 'Wait! I did not know that Jesus Christ meant as much to you as that. I did not know that you were willing to give up father, mother, home and prestige just for Jesus. Daughter, forgive me. I must be beside myself. If such a great love can take hold of your heart, there must be something in it. Sit down here and tell me how I can be a Christian.'—Prairie Overcomer

(Luke 14. 25, 27, 33; 18. 22, 29)

It was 'Missionary Day' in a Congregational church in Scotland many years ago, and a missionary from Africa had preached and told of how God was working and saving men and women in the dark continent. At the conclusion of his message, it was announced that the collection taken would be devoted entirely to the spread of the Gospel among African tribes. The large wooden collection plate was being passed round and came to the place where a young lad was seated. He was poor and had only a `bawbee' to put in the plate. Seeing the large amount of silver coins in the collection, and ashamed of the poverty of his own offering, he asked the steward to put the plate on the floor. When this was done, he stepped into it and stood there for a moment or two. His action meant that he gave himself. That took place over a century ago. The lad grew to manhood and became a missionary to Africa where he was greatly used.

(1 Chron. 29. 5; Rom. 12. 1; 2 Cor. 8. 5)

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