Vintage Message: John 3:1-4

Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired September 29, 2002.

If you’re struggling with sin, if you’re struggling with something in your life, don’t hide it. You know what? We all have the same struggles. We all have the same shortcomings. We have the same problems in life. We need to be open about it. In fact, we encourage one another and are a strength for one another when we can share openly who we are, and I know that’s not very popular with many people who believe that we have to act like we’re prefect all the time. After all, we are Christians, and Christians are perfect, aren’t they? Well, I hate to say it, but I’ve not yet been made perfect, and I make lots of mistakes, and I do many stupid things, and guess what? God knows each and every one of them, and so the fact is, I’m better off if I share those things with you; if I tell you who I am; what I am, up front. I’m not trying to disillusion you about what a Christian should be. I’m just telling you what a Christian truly is. The fact is, we are men and women who have been brought from a world where we were lost, where sin ruled our life, and brought into a love relationship with a God Who can, and desires to, forgive us. He already knows what He’s forgiving. There is nothing that we’re doing that is taking Him by surprise, so don’t hide, and don’t think that you are pulling anything over on God. You’re not. Jesus knows all men…

You and I today are in search of truth. The problem is, we just don’t like the truth when we hear it, because the truth oftentimes, if we believe the truth, dictates to us that we need to change…

Jesus, so often in our lives, will tell us the truth, and the problem is, we don’t want the truth. We want to hear what we want to hear. We want to believe what we want to believe. We want all of the fun things in life. We want all of the easy things in life. We want all the pleasures in life. And we want to believe that all of those things are our divine right to have. And so often, even within Christendom, we make that what we look for. You know, I know a lot of Christians that if you were to tell them, “Jesus is returning tomorrow,” they would be depressed about that because they just bought a new home, they just bought a new car, they just got a nice, new bank account, and now they’re going to have to give it all up? Well, guess what? It’s not about those things. It is about a love relationship that we can have with the God of this universe, and Jesus comes to tell us the truth. It is not about our petty issues. It is not about our assumptions. It’s not about our knowledge of God. It is about His knowledge of God. It is about His ability to share the love of God with man…

When God tells us the truth, because we don’t want the truth, we start questioning… “How can this be? Oh, God, You must have meant somebody else. You can’t have meant for this bad thing to happen to me, God! You can’t really expect for me to have to do that, God!… God, You must be talking about somebody else…” And we argue with Him because we do not want to know the truth…

And this is, so often, our attitude, and we come to Jesus because we want something from Him, but Jesus knows the truth of what we truly need from Him. We can come to Jesus all day long with our wants and our desires, but Jesus is going to address the real issue with us. The real issue is, what is it that we truly need? Who is it that we truly need to be seeking?…

If you are approaching Jesus, He is going to tell you the truth, and the truth of the matter is, no one can see the kingdom of heaven unless he is born again.

Pastor Dave Elkins