John 5:31-47

John 5:31-47

John 5:30Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired December 8, 2002.

Part of the problem was, the religious hypocrisy did not know the truth any longer. God’s Word had become a nebulous. It was a bunch of rules and regulations. It had been reduced to, rather than lived up to, and we do the same thing still today in the church. Rather than reading God’s Word and living to God’s Word, we take God’s Word and we reduce it down into principles — steps to live by — but in doing that we eliminate a lot of information. We try to make God’s Word easy for us to live. Well, let me tell you something. Sometimes, because of our flesh, God’s Word is not easy to live, and we need every part of it, not just some principle, not just some good idea that some man came up with because he read God’s Word once. We need to be in an in-depth study of all that God has given us, of all that we have. To research, to understand what that truth is, and Jesus came to tell these people [and us] the truth…

Jesus is just in all that He does. I don’t know what you’re going through today. I don’t know why you’re going through it, but if you are a believer, and Jesus is allowing you to be challenged in your life with a struggle or a trial, He is just in allowing you to go through it, either to strengthen you and bring you out on the other side as one who can then stand up and lead others through their hard times, or because of some sin in your life that you’ve committed that He is now trying to deal with to get you to humble yourself and admit that, “I am in the mess that I’m in because of who I am, not because He’s unfair to me.” And you know how many people I hear on a regular basis say how unfair God is because He’s done this or He’s done that, and He’s made their lives miserable? If you’re miserable, it’s not because Jesus is unjust and unfair. It is because you misunderstand Who God is and what He’s trying to accomplish in you. He tells us the truth…

And then [Jesus] says, “For I seek not to please Myself, but Him Who sent Me.” It may just be me, but I believe that if each and every one of us who are part of the body of Christ took this single verse and dwelt on what it means to not please ourself but please Him Who has sent us, I believe most of the problems that we experience within Christianity today within the body of Christ — as Jesus is the Head and we are the different parts — I believe that we would not have the problems and divisions that we have within the church today. I believe they would be eliminated. Many of the problems that we have in the church, many of the problems that you and I may find in our lives is not because the church is unfair or because God is unfair or because the Holy Spirit has ignored us. It is because we — and I’m sorry if I’m stepping on toes once again — but we are selfish. We want to do it for ourself. “If I can’t be in charge of it then I’m not going to do it. If I don’t get credit for it then I’m not going to do it… If I can’t be pleased in what I’m doing, and if you can’t be pleased with what I’m doing because you know what? It’s all about me. It’s all about what makes me feel good. It’s all about what makes me look good. It’s all about what makes me sound good.” And this is where the world is, and this is where much of the church is. and this attitude, the “me first” generation has now become the “me only” generation!…

When was the last time you looked out beyond your own flesh and said, “You know what? It is not about me. It is about the love of God for that person. I will do what it takes to not please myself but please Him, God the Father, Jesus His Son, and His Holy Spirit Who indwells us. I will please Him and go out and bring that lost one to know the Lord…” It needs to cease being about me, it needs to cease being about you, and it needs to be about pleasing the One Who sent us…

Salvation is not found in the study of God’s Word. Salvation is found in responding to what you have studied within God’s Word, namely the Person of Jesus Christ… It’s not about clever teaching. It’s not about filling church pews. It’s not about building big, nice, comfortable buildings. It is simply and only about coming to Jesus Christ.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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