Luke 9:37-50

Luke 9:37-50

We have to be more devoted to the One Who indwells us, not to the circumstance that is outside of us.How often do we actually spend time listening to Jesus? Listening to His heart? Listening to His desires for us?…

Do you believe that God wants to interact with you? The God Who created this universe, the God Who put everything in place, holds our DNA together, keeps us from flying apart into little pieces, that God wants to interact with you. Wants to have relationship with you. Wants to love you and be loved by you. Do you believe that? If you believe that, then understand that you have great power available to you. Not your power. This isn’t a magic show. This isn’t something that you do. You’re not going to conjure up something that’s not given to you by God. It is Who God is. It is the very nature of God to display His power and to give us the ability to stand firm with each other and display that power. It’s His power, and it’s given to us through the power of His Spirit. It’s not ours. But He’s made it accessible to us…

I’m glad when people are amazed at the greatness of God, but why should we be amazed? Think about that. Why should it amaze us to see the things that God does in our life each and every day?… We are not amazed by the things that are common in our life, but do you realize that God commonly, every day, every moment of the day, is involved with your life intimately? He is counting the number of hairs on your head, and as they fall out, He knows when they fall out. He’s counting the birds as they fly through the sky, and when a sparrow falls, He knows about it. He is intimately involved with that that He has created. He is intimately involved with you. He knows when you’re tired. He knows when you’re frustrated. He knows when you’re hurting. He knows when you’re in need. He protects you as you cross the street. He gives you the strength to get out of bed. And He does this for every man, woman, and child on the face of this planet, whether they believe it or not, because He loves His creation, and He is involved with His creation, whether they acknowledge Him or not…

But you know what? It is not common for us to recognize what God does. Even though He is there every day doing a work in us, it is not common for us to recognize it. And this is why we are amazed when something happens that is so phenomenal that it finally catches our attention. But it doesn’t mean that God wasn’t there two minutes before. It doesn’t mean He wasn’t doing a miracle three minutes before. It doesn’t mean that He wasn’t counting that hair as it was falling out four minutes before. We are amazed, just as this crowd was amazed, because they finally saw the greatness of God one more time, again, for another moment, because it is always happening. The greatness of God is happening right now in this very place. Right now outside of these walls. Right now in this city. Right now in this country. And right now in this world, the greatness of God is being displayed. And how many people do you think are standing there watching with amazement because their heart is beating and breath is coming out of their lungs and their eyes are open? How many people do you think are actually standing there in awe today because of what God is doing because of His greatness?…

There are times that Jesus does not share with us the things that He’s doing. There are times that Jesus does not allow for our eyes to be open to understand what it is that He’s doing in our life… And this is why Jesus closes our eyes to things, and this is why we do not have understanding of spiritual things, because sometimes those spiritual things involves struggle and trial and hardship and means that we have to be devoted to the One Who indwells us, not to the circumstance that is outside of us. I have got to be more devoted to God in my life and allow Jesus to do His work than I am to living this life that is going on around me…

Even though we may have relationship with Jesus Christ, and even though we may be filled with the Holy Spirit, [we] carry within us a level of perversion that keeps our eyes blinded and our ears closed. We think about ourselves. We think about our own comfort. We think about what we can have. We think about what’s going to make us great… Guys, it’s not about you. It’s about those that you welcome. It’s about those that you interact with. It’s about those that you show kindness to… Now, welcome somebody. Love somebody. Encourage somebody. Don’t try to impress somebody. Reach out and touch them and be a part of their lives and encourage them… The greatest is the one who understands this. Who is the least among you. Who is the one who can become the servant. Who can say, “You know what? I’m great enough in God’s eyes that I can reach out and wash my neighbor’s feet… I can do what it takes to be a blessing to those that are hurting around me.” This is what Jesus is trying to get across to His disciples…

So often we allow how we think about ourselves to stop us from being used by God. Understand something. God loves you. Not what you look like after you’ve gotten up and showered and combed your hair. God loves you and desires to use you, regardless of who you are, what you look like, or what your circumstances have been.

Dave Elkins

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