John 12:37-50

John 12:37-50

John 12:44Vintage message from December 16, 2001.

Our lives are to be about service: serving as Jesus served, serving because Jesus served. Jesus came as a king, but He came as a King Who served. He left us the example of how to live, and now He’s telling us that His Father will honor those who serve…

One of the things, I believe, that we miss in life too often is that God does things for our benefit. The things that God asks us to do is for our benefit. Too often we believe that God is our enemy. We believe that God is against us. We struggle and we have turmoil, and what’s the first thing we do? We look up to heaven and says “God, why me? Why me, God? What did I do to deserve this?” Rather than saying, “God, I know You love me, and I know that You’re benefiting me even in the struggle, even in the hard time.” If we are going through something that we do not like, understand that God is doing it for your benefit…

I believe that we, oftentimes, are ineffective in ministry, we’re ineffective in our walk with God, we struggle and we fall because of this next statement, “For they loved praise from men more that praise from God.” Do you realize most of the time the things that we do and the lives that we live, we live in order to receive praise from men. We are more concerned about what our neighbor thinks about our hair or our car or our house than we do about our neighbor knowing Jesus through us… We still are hindered by the love and praise of men. We care more about what men think than we do about what God thinks. We’re more ready to step out and be part of the world than to tell the world, “I’m sorry. I love God. Take me with my love of the Lord or leave me. That’s your choice, but guess what? Where I go, God goes.” It’s a hard thing to do. Many of us find ourselves living in sin, stumbling along, because we’re afraid to tell the people that we’re associated with, “I love the Lord Jesus Christ, and that means making commitments to Him, to you, and you may not like the commitments I make, but guess what? I’m committed to God…”

It’s not enough to believe. It takes commitment to hearing God’s Word and trusting God’s Word. Hearing what Jesus has to say. When we believe in Jesus, we’re not just believing in Jesus. We’re believing in the God and Father of all creation. We’re not just putting our faith in a man who did good things…

Living for the Lord takes real commitment. Trusting in Jesus, believing in Jesus, walking in Jesus, means…making a commitment to stand firm even though the people around us may not like it. It’s more than just saying, “I believe.” Jesus showed us how to believe, to live consistently by the Word of the One Who sent Him. That’s how He did it. He only said what His Father told Him to say, He lived how His Father asked Him to live…

We have everything we need to understand salvation. We have been given a great gift. All we need to do is open it up and study it. Trust the Words that we read.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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