1 Kings 21:1-29

1 Kings 21:1-29

1 Kings 21:29Vintage message from April 16, 2000.

Do you know what God is passionate about? …As great of a testimony as it is that He blesses us by giving us the things that we need when we pray, God is not passionate about meeting our needs. He meets them. God is not passionate about making sure that we have cars that run; God is not passionate about making sure that we have food on our table; God is not passionate about making sure that we have clothes on our back, even though He gives us those things. God loves to bless those that He has created, but do you know what it is that God is passionate about? God is passionate about seeing men come to a place of repentance and humility, and God will do whatever it takes to see that men will come to that place of repentance and humility. God was so passionate about seeing us come to that place that He even gave His Son to die; that He was beaten and that He was tormented and that He was killed; that His very blood was spilled on the ground [so] that you and I might come to a place of repentance and humility. For all of the things that God gives us, for all of the things that God will do for us, for all of the things that we will pray about, that we want God to be passionate about, God may give us the things that we ask, but let me tell you something. God is not passionate about the things that have to do with this flesh. God has allowed for His children to suffer. God has allowed for His children to die. God has allowed for His children to go without clothes. God has allowed for His children to starve to death. Throughout history, God has allowed for those whom He loves and [who] love Him to suffer great ordeals. Things that you and I would fall on our knees and beg God for, God has allowed men to suffer without. We think God should be passionate about those things. We think God should be passionate about the things that we’re passionate about…

What are you passionate about? What is it that drives your life? What is it that you look for in your future? How do you respond when you see the wickedness happening around you?…What is it that we become impassioned about? Does our passion line up with the passion of God?…

What are you passionate about? What direction is your heart going in? What do you think about when you see God dealing kindly with a person, lovingly with a person, that you want to see stomped? What do you think about that? I find in my life that’s an area where I have to say, “God, I need a lot of work…”

What am I passionate for? What do I want to see God do in this world? What do I want to see God able to complete in this world? Is it all for me? As long as I have all the things I need, or are my thoughts truly reaching out to my neighbor who may be struggling and suffering?…

God wants to see a world humbled before Him, brought to repentance, given into relationship to Him. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about God. He desires to have relationship with us.

Pastor Dave Elkins