Consecration Sermon Illustrations

Consecration Sermon Illustrations

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Mary's ointment was wasted when she broke the vase and poured it upon the Lord. Yes! but suppose she had kept the ointment in the unbroken vase, what remembrance would it then have had? She broke the vase and poured it out, lost it, sacrificed it, and now the perfume fills the earth. We may keep our life, if we will, carefully preserve it from waste, but we shall have no reward, no honor from it at last. But if we empty it out in loving service, we shall make it a lasting blessing to the world and we shall be remembered for ever.—Selected

(Mark 8.35; John 12. 3; Rom. 12. 1; Phil. 1.21)

In a garden near Gloucester Cathedral, England, on a sundial, may be read the inscription:

`Give God thy heart, thy service and thy gold;
The day wears on and time is waxing old.'

(1 Chron. 29. 5; Rom. 6. 13; 2 Cor. 8. 1-5)

The Surrendered Life

Oh, the peace of full surrender!
All my joy to do His will!
Mine to trust His faithful promise;
His the promise to fulfill.

Oh, the glory and the rapture
Thus to dwell with Christ the Lord;
New delight and wisdom gaining
From the study of His Word.

Pleasure's songs no more entice me,
Nor the bugle note of Fame;
Sweeter far the holy music
Of my dear Redeemer's Name.

Oh, the glory and the rapture—
Earthly burdens pass away!
Stormy winter turns to summer;
Lonely darkness into day.—Anonymous

Lady Huntingdon was on her way to a brilliant assembly when there darted into her soul the words, `Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever.' These words she had long before committed to memory. From then on she consecrated herself and all she had to the Lord.

(Ps. 50. 23; Matt. 5. 16; 1 Cor. 6. 19, 20; 1 Pet. 4. 16)

Baron von Welz renounced his title, estates and revenues and went as a missionary to British Guiana where he fills a lonely grave. Renouncing his title, he said, 'What is to me the title "Wellborn" when I am born again to Christ? What is to me the title "Lord" when I desire to be the servant of Christ? What is it to be called "Your Grace" when I have need of God's grace? All these vanities I will away with and all else I will lay at the feet of my dear Lord Jesus.'

(Rom. 12. 1, 2; 2 Cor. 12. 15; Heb. 11. 24, 25)

'Give me thine ordinances,' says the god of Pharisaism: 'give me thy personality,' said the god of Hegel: 'give me thy reason,' says the god of Kant. It remains for the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to say, 'My son, give me thine heart.'

Jim Elliott, one of the five missionaries to Ecuador martyred by the Aucas, said concerning his call to service, 'He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.'

(Prov. 23. 26; Matt. 22. 37; Mark 10. 29, 30; 1 Pet. 3. 15)

I bring my eyes to Thee,
The eyes that looked beyond
The circle of Thy will,
Of Eden's sacred bond:
With penitential tears now filled,
To wash Thy feet—my fears are stilled.

My hair I yield to Thee,
The glory, that was lost
In Eden's darksome hour,
At disobedience' cost:
Now I will wipe Thy holy feet,
And ne'er was worship e'er so sweet.

My lips I give to Thee,
That once the fruit did taste—
Forbidden by Thy love.
Then judgment came with haste:
And now these lips on Thee I'll spend
To kiss Thy feet—My Savior, Friend.

My hands I give Thee back,
The hands that broke Thy will,
When plucking from the tree
Desire's cup to fill;
But now with ointment filled for Thee,
And 'Go in peace' Thou sayest to me.

And thus forgiven much,
My love to Thee I give—
No more to seek my own,
Henceforth for Thee to live:
For these Thy feet were bruised for me,
As God in Eden said Would be.—Iscah Andrews

(Gen. 3. 6, 15; Luke 7. 37, 38; John 12. 3)

Travelling from his own province through Germany on his way to the gay city of Paris, Count Zinzendorf, then a young man, halted at the town of Dusseldorf, where there was a fine collection of paintings. He went into the Art Gallery to spend an hour or two admiring the works of some of the great Masters. Coming to a picture of Christ suffering on the cross, he stood transfixed before the scene and read the words that the artist Steinberg had added to his painting: 'All this I did for thee. What hast Thou done for Me?' This was the turning point of his life. Abandoning his journey to Paris, he returned to his home and consecrated himself to the Lord Jesus Christ. Devoting himself and his wealth to the Master's service, he became the leader of the Moravian brethren.

(1 Cor. 6. 20; Gal. 2. 20)

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