Luke 6:1-11

Luke 6:1-11

God's Word is not meant to be manipulated for our comfort... God's Word is meant to touch our hearts right now at this moment, to change what's going on in here.How many of you want to be worthy of God’s attention? All of us want to be worthy of God’s attention! We want God to notice us. Well, let me fill you in on a little secret. God has already noticed you, whether you’re worthy or not. And by the way, let me fill you in on another little secret. You are not worthy. None of us will ever be worthy of God’s attention, but that’s the amazing thing about God. God has given us His attention, and God has given us His Word. And yet, we still find ourselves trying to prove ourselves to God, and we wrap ourselves up in “religion”…

In my book, “religion” will never be right because religion is always about you and I working our way to heaven, proving ourselves to God, trying to impress Someone Who is not going to ever be impressed with us because it’s impossible for us to be good enough to impress God. So, we will make rules and regulations, we will do things will cause people to stop and look at us, take notice of us…

This is the one thing I find about “religion.” Religion is not compassionate, and when you interpret the law in this way, there is no compassion for those that are poor, and God desires for us to be compassionate… Within His Word, He has made provision for us to show compassion. His law is written in such a way that we can show compassion and not have to neglect the poor around us and not have to accuse them of somehow breaking a law…

Within this book, God has shown me that, if I am compassionate, He’ll bless me. If I understand His law and His Word to be a law and Word of compassion, He’ll bless it. Even if I do ignorantly give a con man a little bit of money. Even if I give someone who doesn’t deserve a sandwich, a sandwich because he’s convinced me that he is poor and in need, God will bless it. It’s not up to me to find out the motives of a man’s heart. It’s up to me to know the motives of my heart, and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal those motives to me…

Sometimes you think because you’re doing something good, that something good is going to happen to you. If I do what’s right then only good things are going to happen. If I give, then it’s going to be given back to me. You know, this whole “name it and claim it” thing is that the good you do will be returned to you. Well, let me tell you, sometimes God asks us to do good even though He knows the bad is coming your way, and it doesn’t matter what’s coming in the future. What matters is what you’re faced with right this moment today. God’s Word is not meant to be manipulated for our comfort in the future. God’s Word is meant to touch our hearts right now at this moment to change what’s going on in here…

“Bless me, God. Bless me, God. Bless me, God.” That’s how we pray. Well, God’s Word is a Word of compassion. His Word is a Word of love. His Word is also a Word of reality, and sometimes reality is harsh. And sometimes reality hurts. And sometimes we have to face challenges because of the understanding we have in God’s Word…

And by the way, the Sabbath laws were given for men to understand God’s compassion in wanting them to rest, in wanting them to find that time and that place to have fellowship with Him. It wasn’t about just stopping one day a week so that we can have fun, but it was meant for us to draw close to God. To put everything else out of our mind and take time to spend with Him. And He protects that time jealously. He’s a jealous God! And He wants us to recognize Him for His love and His love for us. And so, He’s asked us to set time aside to spend with Him…

Your body, your mind, your soul can relax when you’re in the Presence of God, and there is real rest there that we don’t get any other day of the week when we’re out busy about our own affairs. But Jesus says, “I’ll give you that rest every day, every moment. All you have to do is come to Me with your burden. When you’re weary, come to Me,” because He’s the Lord of the Sabbath.

Dave Elkins

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