John 7:30-52

John 7:30-52

John 7:37Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired February 23, 2003.

Just because you have head knowledge doesn’t mean that you really have knowledge. Knowledge is born from the wisdom that comes from God. The true knowledge that God would have us to dwell in, to understand Who He is. It’s only found in His wisdom through the power of His Spirit…

There are times in our life that Jesus just simply asks us to respond without having all of the information. God does not explain to me every time He wants me to do something. He does not give me all of the facts and all of the details about what He’s hoping to accomplish. He just says, “This is what needs to be done. Now do it.” And whether I like it or not, if God has asked me to do it, it needs to be done. But yet…we respond in this way, “Well, what does He mean by that?” And all of a sudden, we become bitter, and we become sarcastic…

We try to assume upon what Jesus was telling us. You know, if God asked me to help someone, that means I’m to pour out my life to them. I’m to give of who I am and what I have, and that’s a foreign concept to most of us. If it’s inconvenient, if it’s out of our way, then God can’t be asking me, and so we have to build a scenario in our mind to help us to understand what He possibly could have meant, and if it means sacrificing too much, we become bitter and sarcastic…and we begin to accuse rather than trust…

It concerns me, within so many churches, that we have reduced God’s Word to a few simple standards that are supposed to tell us all there is to know about God, and pastors will stand before their fellowships week in and week out and say, “I will give you the knowledge you need to have.” And people buy into it week after week, rather than searching the Scripture themselves. I’m never going to tell you to believe what I’m teaching you. I’m never going to tell you to take what I’ve said to you simply because I’ve said it to you. I expect you to open up your Bible. I expect you to search out God’s Word. I expect you to be true to God through His Spirit, to get to know Jesus on your own… But so often we use church, we use the pastor, as the substitute for responsibility that we have to dig, to find out Who the Christ really is; Who this Man named Jesus truly is…

And this is the other warning I would give: just because you don’t like or don’t understand a verse, don’t give up on it. Dig deeper…until you’ve come to some idea, and you know what? It is okay, it is okay, for you to come to the place of saying, “I simply do not understand. I’m not eliminating it, and I’m not going to come to conclusion on it. I’m just going to tell you I do not understand at this point. I do not have all of the knowledge that I need to have to come to conclusion.” And that’s valid… We’re asked to live by faith, we’re asked to trust God, and we’re asked to dig.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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