Luke 1:26-38

Luke 1:26-38

Am I here for myself or am I here for the Lord? Whose servant am I? Am I my own servant, or am I God's servant?... We [need to] say, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as You have said."You know, God asks us, sometimes, to do some very difficult things. He asks us sometimes to endure some things that we feel are impossible… But He will, from time to time in our lives, bring circumstances to us and ask us to endure through them, to accept the responsibility, to allow Him to use us. And I know so many people, when they face those hard times, they wail, and they cry, and it is okay to lament, but it is not okay to call God a liar. It is not okay to say, “God, this was wrong to do to me! How dare You do this to me!” That’s not lamenting. Now, going to God and saying, “God, this is hard. I’m struggling. I don’t want to be here.” That’s okay. God doesn’t mind hearing that. God doesn’t get offended when He sees our tears when we’re struggling through a hard time. He knows when we’re hurting, and He knows why we’re hurting, and it is okay to let Him know that we’re hurting…

“I am the Lord’s servant.” Can you say that today? I am the Lord’s servant. What about when the neighbor calls and says, “My toilet’s overflowing, and I can’t get it unplugged, and I know you’re kind of handy with that kind of stuff.” Can you say, “I am the Lord’s servant”? When disaster is happening around you, and people are coming to you and saying, “Can you help?” Are you saying, “I am the Lord’s servant”? What are we called to do? What is the great command that we’re given? Love our neighbor as ourself, after we’ve loved the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our mind, with all of our soul, with all of our strength. Can you say, in that understanding, that, “God has called me to love. I am the Lord’s servant,” knowing that a servant has to deal with the crap jobs of society; the things that nobody wants to touch, nobody wants to deal with, nobody wants to be a part of. Can you say, “I am the Lord’s servant”? That’s what I believe God has spoken to my heart all week…

Am I here for myself or am I here for the Lord? Whose servant am I? Am I my own servant, or am I God’s servant?…

I’m going to challenge you, this week, weeks to come, as you face life, when you have to get up to go to work tomorrow, when you have to babysit kids on a day that’s supposed to be a day off, when things are happening around you that you don’t particularly want happening around you, yet God is still whispering in your ear, “You’ve got to get up and go. I’m depending on you to get up and go. I want you to get up and go,” can you say, “I am the Lord’s servant,” and step out into this world that you know is going to spit on you, you know is going to hate you, you know is going to ridicule you…

People aren’t going to be kind to you, and many times what God asks you to do, you’re not going to be appreciated for… How do we deal with that? We say, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as You have said. Lord, You’ve told me in this life you will have tribulation but be of good cheer.” Life will challenge you. Trouble will come to you. God may ask of you things that seem impossible. Things that you know that, when you get involved, could even mean ridicule for you. People may not understand… What are people, thirty years from now — if God should tarry, a hundred years from now — going to think about your involvement on the face of this earth? Are they going to look back and say, “Thank you that there was a man named Dave that honored God, that at least tried, and because of what He did, now my life is affected”? Are people going to be able to say that about you because you, at this moment in your life, are saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as You have said”?

Dave Elkins

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