Luke 9:21-28

Luke 9:21-28

If you don't know Who Jesus is, you're not going to be an effective witness. You need to take time to get to know Him. You need to take time in His Word to know Him. You need to take time in prayer to know Him. And you need to look into your life and see the amazing things that He's done.I think it’s very important that we understand what other people believe about Jesus, but it is far more important that we understand Who Jesus is to us first. If you don’t know Who Jesus is, you’re not going to be an effective witness. You need to take time to get to know Him. You need to take time in His Word to know Him. You need to take time in prayer to know Him. And you need to look into your life and see the amazing things that He’s done…

Who do I believe He is? If I believed that Jesus was truly the God and King of my life and of this universe, where would I be for the most part of my time? Trying to please Him, right? If you were serving a King, wouldn’t you want to know the King’s desire for you? But I think so often, because Jesus is so gentle and so loving, and He steps back, and He allows for us to have our life, that we forget that we need to seek Him for what He wants for our life as our Lord and Master…

Jesus wants us to take the time to get to know Him and then share…

[God] desires relationship with us, just as we desire relationship with each other… Imagine how you desire relationship with someone: the closeness, the intimacy, the fellowship, the encouragement. Now, I know that Maria does enjoy every now and again having me put my arm around her and say, “I love you, and you’ve done an amazing thing, and I appreciate it.” We all need that pat on the back from time to time. We all need to know that we are desired and loved and cared for, but it would get real old, real quick if all we ever did was stood around patting each other on the back, when right outside the door there’s an adventure waiting! There’s amazing things happening right outside! But all we can do is stand around and pat each other on the back. That is not what God has in mind, but the only way we’re going to experience it is to give up this flesh; to be willing to walk away from what’s familiar to us now; to walk away from what we care about now in the flesh. “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet lose, or forfeit, his very self?…”

Everything that Jesus tells us is the truth. Jesus desires relationship. He desires us to know Him and share Him with other people. To be open about our love relationship with Him. To not be ashamed of Him. To not be embarrassed. How many of you would keep relationships if, every time you saw your friend, you refused to acknowledge him, you refused to shake their hand, give them a hug, or speak their name when other people were around?… So often, this is how we treat our relationship with God, with Jesus His Son…

Jesus wants us to be excited about our relationship with Him. Jesus wants us to be excited about His relationship with us. Jesus wants us to be excited about our eternity, so much so that we share that eternity with everybody else and not live as though we are ashamed of Who God is. And He will come, and He will come in glory, and He will come in the glory of the Father, and He will come with His holy angels, and they will come in glory, too, and He will establish His kingdom. What will that kingdom mean to you when it actually happens? How will life change for you when that moment actually happens?

Dave Elkins

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