2 Kings 11:1-12:21

2 Kings 11:1-12:21

2 Kings 11:20Vintage message from July 30, 2000. (Cassette tape broke near the end.)

Just because you run in a race does not mean you’ll win the race. Just because you think you’re strong does not mean that you’re going to finish the race. Just because you do good things does not mean you’re going to finish the race. Paul lays it out for us. He says that we run to win the prize. We don’t run just to run. If you’re not running to win, if you’re not running to cross the finish line, you shouldn’t be running. Giving your life to the Lord, trusting God, comes with a cost. Even though salvation is free — let me tell you, God’s salvation is for everyone and is free — but it is not so free. It comes, actually, at the cost of us giving up our will to the Father. Once we say, “Yes, Lord Jesus, I want salvation; I want to be with you for eternity,” He simply asks, “Then let Me have your life.” He doesn’t want part of our life. He doesn’t want half of our life, three quarters of our life. He wants all of our life. He wants us to give our lives to Him to live for Him; to let Him live in and through us so that we, because of Him, can make a difference in this world…

And people will ask us, why do we not fellowship with the world? Why do we not spend time doing the [same] things? Why do we not want to be like everybody else? Why do we have to be different?… Understand, that lifestyle does begin to have an effect on you. If you do not leave the things that bring corruption in your life behind, your life becomes corrupt, even as a person that wants to be godly…

We, now, are the influence on society. We…are the ones that need to be standing up, and even though people don’t like it, and even though people may call us censors and call us bigots and call us whatever they want because we love the Lord Jesus Christ, let them call us the names that they want, but we are influencing the society around us… We have a great responsibility…and I look at the church today. I look at the…faith of those who are in the church, not just this church, the church nationwide, world wide, and I believe…we have stepped on a slippery slope; that the church today has begun to adopt the philosophies of the world. They are opening their doors to every philosophy that’s out there, and saying, “Come in and be part of us. If we can’t beat you, we’ll join you.” …And I have to ask, what will God raise up to destroy the church if the church fails to continue in godliness. It’s something that we need to be taking seriously. [It’s] something we need to be praying about, corporately and individually…

We have to begin to ask ourselves: are we living the life that God would call us to? Are we being responsible to what His Word has asked us to do?… Examine your heart. Examine who you are and the direction you’re going. Do you truly want to live a godly life?

Pastor Dave Elkins