Luke 9:1-20

Luke 9:1-20

But what about you? What do you believe? What do you think? Who do you say that Jesus is? And, who are you saying it to?We need to be telling people about God and His love for us, and how He created us, and what He wants to do to interact with us…

You know what? Jesus does not mind inconveniencing those that He’s called to use. In fact, our lives need to be inconvenienced from time to time because there are people in a remote place, people that are going hungry, not for food but hungry for the strength of God’s love. They’re going hungry because they’ve never been told that Jesus loves them, or shown. You know, a lot of people will hear it…but how many of them have ever experienced that love from those of us who do know and love God and are loved by Him, and have found our way out of the remote place? See, if Jesus is there, it’s not really a remote place…

Let me ask you, is Jesus in your heart? Have you received Jesus into your life? If Jesus is in your life today, you are never in a remote place. You are never by yourself. And if Jesus is in you, then you are the person that people need to come to if they are in a remote place, because if you’re not telling them, then who is? If you’re not blessing them, then who is? Notice it says, Jesus welcomed them. If Jesus is in your life, then Jesus may welcome some people that you may not want to welcome, but it is still His right and His privilege, if He is the King and this is His kingdom, to do what He wants to do. And if we’re His subjects and His servants, then He can use us as He wills, right? Are we His servants? Are we His subjects? Is this not His kingdom? He can do with us what He pleases, and it is amazing, when we allow Him to do what He pleases, what we’ll see happen…

No matter how remote the place is, when Jesus is there, there is blessing and filling, and people can be satisfied. You know what? If you’re hurting or hungry, you turn to Jesus and He satisfies. Every time I’m hurting or hungry spiritually, I turn to Jesus and He satisfies. Why would I turn anyone else away from that? You know, it is inconvenient sometimes to serve God. It is inconvenient sometimes to stand up and say to people, “I’m a Christian, and I’m open any time you have need.” How many of us have ever said that?… You know, Jesus invites people. He’s in you. He may invite people to be a part of your life so that you can help satisfy the need they have in their remote place. There are people wandering in life that are lost. There are people who are wandering in life who are in need. There are people who are wandering in life who are suffering. And yet, Jesus exists right in their midst, and we try to send them away. We don’t want to be inconvenienced. We try to tell Jesus, “Pick somebody else to do the work… Send them some where else. I don’t want to be inconvenienced…”

Do you know why we do not see the miraculous in our life? Because we have not yet grappled with this question: Who is Jesus? Who is Jesus to me? Who is Jesus to you? You know what? We hear His name. We go to church. We talk about Him. We study His Word. But how many of you have actually taken the time to ask, Who do I say that Jesus is? Is Jesus the almighty, all powerful God that created heaven and earth? Is Jesus the One Who raises the dead? Is Jesus the One Who feeds the multitudes? Who is Jesus? I believe this is the question we have to grapple with. It’s not just what do other people say, but what about you?…

But what about you? What do you believe? What do you think? Who do you say that Jesus is?… And, who are you saying it to? Are you taking opportunity to go? Are you taking opportunity to be inconvenienced? Are you taking opportunity to allow the King of His kingdom to use you as His servant? Who do you say that Jesus is?

Dave Elkins

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