1 Kings 18:1-48

1 Kings 18:1-48

1 Kings 18:21Vintage message from March 12, 2000.

[Jesus] intended for us to have differences. He intended for us to understand things differently. He created each of us uniquely, individually. It is okay — understand this — it is okay to disagree. It is not okay to allow that disagreement to be a division amongst you. Do you see the difference? We are going to disagree from time to time, but the standard for maturity, if you want to know what makes the body mature, if you want to know, am I mature in Christ? Have you ever asked yourself that question: am I maturing or am I mature in Christ? Simple test: do I love those who disagree with me? The greatest of all the gifts, the greatest that God has ever given us, is the ability to love, and in fact, Jesus says, “They will know you’re My disciples, they will know you are My disciples,” not if you speak in tongues, not if you’re slain in the Spirit, not if you go around ranting and raving, not if you have some great knowledge in His Word. He didn’t list any of those as the criteria of knowing if you are a disciple of Christ, if you’re maturing in Him but, “They will know you are My disciples by your love.” Love one another. It doesn’t say agree with one another. It says don’t be divided from one another. Love one another, work through the disagreements — which you will have — and be strengthened because of it…

Part of the maturing process within us is to simply obey God’s Word. It’s not as simple as it sounds. Sometimes it’s very difficult…

This is, by the way, the standard response of the average Christian. Given a simple task to do, we begin to see all of the reasons why we can’t succeed in what we’ve been asked to do. Worry sets in, and all of a sudden we see doom and disaster and destruction… You know, sometimes it’s easier just to do things for God than to actually stand up and say what it is the Lord wants you to say. Sometimes, sometimes, God prefers for us to just simply stop and tell someone, “This is what the Lord says. This is what God wants you to know. This is how God would have you to live.” Do you realize that that is much harder for those words to come out of your mouth that to do some great task that nobody knows about. It’s called being a closet Christian. You serve God, you go to church, you do all the good things, but you’re surrounded by people who need to hear, you’re surrounded by people to whom you need to open your mouth — and understand, God will make it clear when it’s that time. But when God makes it clear, don’t make excuses. Don’t panic…

“If the Lord is God, follow Him.” A very, very simple statement, one that I’ll make today. If the Lord is God, follow Him. Trust Him. Put your faith in this God Who created you and loved you enough to send His Son to die for you. If He’s not God, understand something: you’re wasting your time sitting here today. But God has proven Himself over and over again.

Pastor Dave Elkins