John 11:1-44

John 11:1-44

John 11:4Vintage message from November 25, 2001.

Never underestimate the power of your testimony about Who Jesus is. Even if you never have any power to make the blind see, even if you don’t have the power to see sick people healed, even if you don’t have the power to move the stars and the moon around in the sky, do not believe that you can not be a powerful witness for the Person of Jesus, because guess what? Your very life, the testimony you give about Jesus, oftentimes is more powerful than the miracles we read about in the Bible because, as people get to know you — or especially those who have known you — as they see your life change, that becomes the miracle that God does to convince them. Our testimonies are important. What we say to people about Jesus is important. Even if we never perform a miracle, our words carry power to see people’s hearts and lives changed…

Do you know that Jesus loves you? Do you know the strength and the character of the God Who created you, loves you, and that you can, at any time, send word to Him when you’re in distress? Did you know that? He loves you… Sometimes things happen to us in order that God might be glorified. You know what? In our minds, so often, we only perceive God being glorified when good things happen to us… The reasoning of the day is: if God loves you, then He’s not going to let anything bad happen to you. If God loves you, He’s going to prosper you. If God loves you, He’s going to give you everything you ask for. This is the teaching I hear that is prevalent within our society today…

I know people who view God in this way, “If God really loved me, He wouldn’t let me suffer! He wouldn’t allow this bad to happen to me!” But, see, the problem is, as men our perspective is skewed. We do not always see things from God’s perspective. God has a world that He is dealing with… And there are times within our history, within our lives that God will choose to use us even in the bad things that are happening. In fact, God oftentimes can use us more effectively when we have come through hard times, because you know what? The world out there that is suffering and decaying and dying and feeling the pain that comes from living in this life is not always convinced from the prosperity perspective. They know what pain and suffering is, and oftentimes they feel unworthy because of the teaching that says God loves those that are good and punishes those that are bad. What are we telling them?… There are none of us sitting in this room that are without sin, deserving, deserving of God’s condemnation. Each one of us in here have a life that is represented by the wrong things that we’ve done, and God has every right to zap us with lightning, but He does not. He chooses to love us. He chooses to care for us… At times He allows (and needs) for those that He loves to endure suffering…

We find ourselves, oftentimes, so busy accusing God for the things He’s allowed to happen in our life, that we fail to take the time to praise God for the things that He has done that’s good in our life, and then we even look at the miracles He’s done for others and despise the miracle… “He did it for that guy. Couldn’t He have done it for me?… God seems to love everybody else more than He loves me!” And this is an attitude that we find ourselves in, oftentimes, and it is a wrong attitude, and it is accusing to God, and it shows our hard-heartedness and how little we actually know about how much God loves us.

Pastor Dave Elkins