The Driver's Seat
And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. ~Mark 11:2
When I travel in a vehicle, I generally like to be the driver. When you are in the driver’s seat, you are the one leading and in control. Jesus told the disciples to look for a colt “whereon never man sat.” Let us see this morning why it is imperative that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the driver’s seat of our life.
We see the search.
Jesus told the men that they would find a colt, “whereon never man sat.” Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on that colt. This colt was owned by someone else. This owner would be making his colt available for Jesus. Typically, a colt was ridden by a prince or king. Jesus, of course, is the Prince of Peace and King of Kings. However, more impressive was the fact that it was a colt that no man ever rode upon. Jesus would be its first Rider. The lesson in this is that the Lord wants to be the only One Who sits on the seat of our heart. Our heart and life should be where never a man sat. No one should occupy the throne of our heart except for Jesus. Jesus wants to be in the driver’s seat of our life. He wants the keys and the car. He is looking for hearts “whereon never man sat.” Will you let Jesus occupy the driver’s seat?
We see the summons.
“And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.” Jesus told them, “If anyone asks why you are loosening the colt, tell him that the Lord has need of him.” The Lord has need of you! God needs you to live for Him. The Lord has need for you to serve Him. The Lord has need of you to participate willingly in special offerings. The Lord has need of us quickly. He has need of us now! He has need of our time, treasure, and talents. He has need of all of us. The Lord has a need for preachers and missionaries. The Lord has need of people serving in all areas of a local church. The Lord has need of soulwinners who take the gospel message to people they know.
We see the submission.
There is a vital application in this. We must allow the Lord to have the driver’s seat of our life without question, debate, or fighting. A colt is a young donkey whose tendency is to be stubborn and wild. If it has not been broken in, it will put up a fight and resist. However, after it is broken in, it can be ridden without issue. We must humble our lives and submit ourselves to the Lord for Him to sit on the throne of our heart without resistance. Submission is giving Him full reign. It is taking our hands off of everything and letting Him make the decisions. If Jesus does not have control, then who does? When Jesus is in the driver’s seat, we are better off than if He was not. Come willingly and without hesitation.
We see the satisfaction.
Jesus rode on this donkey publicly and unopposed. When Christ is first in our life, we should be public about it and not give Him any opposition. What an honor it was for that colt to let Jesus ride it publicly and to show submission to the One Who, alone, deserves our love.
Can Jesus have complete occupancy of your heart? Will you give Him the keys? Will you let Him have the driver’s seat?
Have a Christ-preeminent God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Isaiah 1-4