I Choose Jesus Over Everything
We know that putting Jesus over everything else is important, but it is just as important to know how to apply that in our own unique situations. While we all struggle with putting our own desires first, we can make a conscious decision to choose Jesus over everything.
Jesus is better than all the things our flesh wants to run after, and this sermon message will help us learn practical steps in order to choose Jesus over everything else that clamors for attention.
Three Steps to Help Us Put Jesus Over Everything:
- The first step is realization, which can also be referred to as awareness in this case. Acts 9:3-5 (NKJV) says: “As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’” Let’s look at the phrase “kick against the goads” for just a minute, because it reveals an important message that God was showing Saul. Back in that day, there was a tool (called a goad) that consisted of a long stick with a nail on the end, and when livestock would swerve off course, their caretakers would goad them back to the right path. In essence, God was telling Saul that he had been fighting a useless fight against the goads – the very goads that were trying to steer him to the purposes God had for him. Saul was fighting a losing battle against the goads. Acts 9:6 (NKJV) continues the scene: “So he [Saul], trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’” “Trembling and astonished,” Saul was finally able to view God with the right perspective – he came into an awareness of God’s awesomeness and was then able to humble himself before Him in reverence. He went from being a persecuted of Christians to being a wholehearted follower of Christ himself. We have to come to an understanding, a realization, of Jesus’ worthiness in order to be able to put him above everything else in our lives.
- The second step is desperation. Realization is a vital step, but if it doesn’t lead us to desperation for Jesus (in other words, a hunger for Jesus), it doesn’t get us anywhere. In Luke 8:43-48 (NKJV) it is written: “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.’ Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.’” The woman was desperate – she knew Jesus was her only hope and she was willing to risk everything to get to him. After realization, desperation has to move you to action – to Jesus, who has everything you need.
- The third step is resolve. Another word we can use here is confidence – confidence not in ourselves but in who He is. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NKJV) says: “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the [a]testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” Paul had to come to this resolve: he didn’t depend on his own will and desires but in Jesus and His righteousness. We can enter into situations with this resolve, this confidence, that Jesus is Lord over the circumstances we are in – regardless of how big or small the issue is.
When we submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ and decide that in our lives, it is Jesus over everything, that is when things start to radically change. We have to put Jesus over everything – and when we do, we walk in the fullness of what God has for each of us. Let us resolve to set our eyes on Jesus in everything that we do.