1 Kings 8:12-9:9

1 Kings 8:12-9:9

1 Kings 9:5Vintage message from January 2, 2000.

God did not wait for us to be good. God did not wait for us to do good. God did not care about the goodness that came from us. He loved us. He loved that that He created, and He desires for that that He’s created to be in relationship with Him. But so often, too often, we mistake God’s love and God’s blessing in our life as being something that we deserve, and then we turn and try to impress God with our goodness… What I see in the world today is a church that is more about impressing God with the great work that they can do, and the great buildings that they can build… “I’ve certainly done a great work for God! He must really be impressed!” I see that, so often. I hear that coming from people’s mouths. I hear their arrogance and their pride…

God does amazing things. God has chosen each of us as a temple to represent His name before this world. He has given us His Holy Spirit, and He indwells us. Though, let me tell you, there is nothing about this temple that’s impressive…but God still delights in using this decaying, falling apart, broken down temple… Do you realize you don’t go to church? If you are a believer, you are the church… The Holy Spirit draws us together as a strength to encourage and build up one another. He doesn’t draw us together so that we can put bricks and mortar together and make something for His name. We are what makes His name. How we live, how we are, is what shows the world Who God truly is. Not a nation. Not a temple…

I would challenge you to look into your heart and ask…am I simply doing a work so that I can stand up in Your face and say, “Look, God! Look what I’ve done for You. Look at how great I am. Look how good I am. I’m deserving of You. I deserve these blessings. Keep pouring them on! If You pour them on, then I’ll still do good works.” There is nothing good that we can do to impress God. God is impressed with Himself, and that’s not arrogance. That’s just the truth. God is it! God is where it’s at, and He knows it. He knows that we can do nothing without Him, and He knows that we can not exist except that He put the breath of life in us. He doesn’t need us for fellowship. He doesn’t need us to do good things for Him. He doesn’t need us to stroke Him or rub His back. He doesn’t need us to sit here and praise Him. I’ve asked before, why did God create us? [Others say,] “So that we would praise Him. He needs our praise. He needs our prayers. He needs us to uplift Him.” He needs nothing. Oh, He desires all of those things. He desires for us to love Him. He desires for us to praise Him. He desires for us to rub His back and to stroke Him, but we don’t do that because of ourself. We do that because of His love for us…

And it’s a lesson that each of us would be good to learn: that God fulfills His promises. God loves us and fulfills His promises, and not one part of His Word will fail. Not one part…

If you hear nothing else today, I hope you hear…that your hearts must be fully committed. I believe that this is the call that God puts out to us today, too… We can not expect for God to love us, honor the things that we do, and bring us into heaven if we’re not going to honor Him…

Pastor Dave Elkins