John 9:24-41

John 9:24-41

John 9:38Vintage message from November 4, 2001.

Can God be glorified with you? Can you [plural], in the lives that you’ve lived, the lives that God laid out for you, regardless of how hard, regardless of how sad, regardless of how much you did not have or how much you had, can God be glorified with you now?…

And this is the problem why we oftentimes do not grow in our walk with the Lord: because we revert to what our life has offered us; we revert to what we’ve been taught by our parents and our grandparents and our ancestors; we revert to those things that we understand in the flesh rather than allowing for God to do something new and different in our lives, and we miss the miracle, and we deny the miracle when it happens because we are so caught up in our own selfish desires and flesh that we can’t see past ourself and accept the things that God is doing, especially when those things go against what we’ve been taught…

God doesn’t work in a man’s life because he’s a believer. God works in a man’s life because God loves men and wants to draw them into fellowship with Him, and you and I should do all that we can to go into a world where people lost and let them know how much God loves them and not turn them away because they’re sinners, not turn them away because they’re stupid or ignorant or blind, but to reach out to them and share with them the love that God shared with us, and bring them to a place of understanding that they have need, and then let the Holy Spirit come to them and introduce them to Him…

Jesus’s purpose was to come into this world and reveal to us our need of Him. Without Jesus, we’re blind… Too often we become like these religious leaders [the Pharisees]. We gain a little bit of knowledge and all of a sudden we think we know everything about God, and we start laying down rules and regulations for people to live by. It is not up to us to lay down the rules and the regulations. God will deal with every issue of our life. We, you and I, have a responsibility simply to share the miracle that God did in our life the day we were born again, the day we went from blindness to being able to see, and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit. When we begin to concentrate on the fact that people are siners and start pointing out their issues of sin and tell them they have to get their lives right, and then we’ll introduce them to God, guess what? We become like these Pharisees. God is not hindered by our sin. God loved us in and through our sin. Yeah, God wants us to deal with our sin. Let me tell you something, the issue of sin was such an important thing to God that He killed His Son for it. He required the sacrifice of blood and allowed for His Son to die so that you and I could have the issue of sin dealt with, but guess what? He doesn’t hold it against us. He just simply wants us to come and know Him, and the more we know Him, the more we see, the more our eyes are cleared up, the more we can understand why we need to stop sinning, and He deals with it. It’s not up to you and I to cause someone to stop sinning. It’s up to God to stop them from sinning. They have to be able to see first. Try to tell a blind man how to get somewhere without taking him by the hand, and guess what? He’s going to stumble and fall, and the only way that a blind man can see is not by my guiding but by the Holy Spirit entering into him and causing him to see. God knows our lives. When God created us He knew how hard our lives would be, and He never promised us that our lives would be easy. He never promised us that our lives would be fun, but He has made us a promise that if we will know Him, if we will give our lives to Him, He will forgive our sins, and He will love us through eternity, and He will, then, make right all of the hard things and bad things that have happened through our life. But understand something: our life is very short compared to eternity that He wants to live with us and share His love with us. Don’t allow bitterness to rule your life. Don’t allow for wrong teaching. If I teach you something that’s wrong, search God’s Word and tell me about it. Let’s grow together, but let’s not be led by myths and wrong teaching, but be encouraged by searching out God’s Word, and when Jesus introduces Himself to us, getting to know Him.

Pastor Dave Elkins