Vintage message from June 21, 1998.
God will bless you, and God will meet your needs but He won’t necessarily give you all the things that the world has… We don’t want to be like the people in the world… We want to be what God wants us to be… But it becomes so easy for us to look at what everybody else has because they have a little more. All of a sudden, we need that, too, to be successful. Well, let me tell you, I know people who have far less than I do, and I look at their lives and their walk with the Lord, and they have phenomenal walks with the Lord, and it tells me that maybe I should be getting rid of some of what I have and becoming more like them. That I should be seeking God rather than trusting in my automobiles and trusting in my home and trusting in all the things that God has given me. And this is the problem: we start gathering all these things that are blessings from God, and we begin to put our trust in the things, forgetting Who gave them to us, and what He gave them to us for. He gave us the things in order to make our lives more usable, to give us a little bit of comfort that we would trust Him and become more usable to Him. But we begin to turn to the things and expect the things and want more things and build up more things around us, that soon we’re so consumed by the things that we forget God Himself. We forget to listen to Him, and we forget to serve Him, and then begin to accuse Him because we know someone who has more than us. “God, why have you given that person more than me?”
…I’m only here to serve. I’m only here to take what God has given to you, put it into some order and offer it to you, and then let you do with it what you need to do. It’s food that God is offering to you. I’m just the server. Take the food and digest it. Grow because of it. Learn to go out and plant for yourself. Take God’s Word in your own hand and study and grow and pray and develop that relationship with Him because, you know what? God could remove me any time. I do not have to be here. I am nothing special. God may have gifted me in some areas. He may have given me some understanding, but you know what? That understanding is simply and only the Holy Spirit Himself that each one of you is indwelt with, or should be indwelt with. There is no man that is so spiritual, that is so close to God, that his spirituality will rub off on the people around him. It will not happen… I will not rub off on you. I would be flattered to influence you in some way, but I will not rub off on you. The Holy Spirit rubs off, the Holy Spirit indwells, the Holy Spirit fills, the Holy Spirit changes, and the Holy Spirit teaches. The Holy Spirit makes us who we are and what He wants us to be, if we’ll allow Him. But a man will not ever make you spiritual. Never, ever put your faith and your trust in a man, in a position, or in a leader because God may use (even against what we know are His principles), God may use wicked men. God may put wicked men over us in a position of leadership. What do we do then? Do like Israel and abandon God? Seek after another man who will do a better job? …What makes us think that another man will do a better job? …God wants to be your leader. God wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit. God wants you to trust Him. Not me. Not another man. Him, through the power oF His Spirit.
Pastor Dave Elkins