Luke 9:51-62

Luke 9:51-62

We need to be about welcoming people into the kingdom of God. Mentoring them, blessing them, caring for them, because it is what Jesus would do, and when we welcome them, we welcome Him.(Beginning is cut off.)

All God desires from us is that we pray, that we seek Him, and that we have relationship with Him, and when we have relationship with Him, He says He will give us what we ask. And when He says, “I will give you what you ask,” it’s not about giving us gold and mansions and the finer things in life. It is giving us what we need in order to perform the service that He’s asked us to do for Him. He will give us all that we ask if we are asking in His name, and we’re asking, by the way, when you ask “in His name,” you are asking based on the Person, the life of the Person in Whose name you’re using. And so, when you pray in the name of Jesus, you are not just throwing out a magic word, you are not invoking some incantation by using the name of Jesus…

We need to be about welcoming people into the kingdom of God. Mentoring them, blessing them, caring for them, because it is what Jesus would do, and when we welcome them, we welcome Him. And when we welcome Him, we welcome His Father. And understand something, if you are not welcoming the least or the little, then you are not welcoming Jesus, and you are not welcoming His Father, and they will not come.

You can ask yourself, “Why is my life miserable? Why do I always seem to have trouble in my life?…” Listen to your words sometime. Listen how you describe those around you, and who it is that is at fault for your problem. Rather than saying, “I’m the one who’s sick. I’m the one that’s in need. I’m the one that has a problem.” We will so often use very harsh words, and dump those words on everybody around us, and rather than welcome them, we begin to push people away. You want to be great? Welcome others into your life, because when you welcome them into your life, you welcome Jesus in. Otherwise, He will stand back and let your life be miserable. It’s not that He doesn’t love you. In fact, He would prefer for you to be where He is and in that love relationship and fellowship with Him, but you know what? He’s a type of Father that leads by example. He is not going to force us to be with Him…

Now, does that mean that we have to accept everybody in their sin? Well, it means that we have to love everyone in their sin. But it is okay to call what they’re doing sin. It is their problem if they do not want to see their life as being one in sin. I do not have to change the standard of God’s Word for anybody, and I will not change the standard of God’s Word for anybody. Not for you, not for me, or not for them. When I sin, I have to say, “I’m in sin.” God expects me to deal with it. Does it mean that He hates me because I’ve sinned? And does it mean that you’re supposed to hate me because I’ve sinned? No! It means that He has given us a way out! He has given us a way to be back in fellowship by confessing our sin, to each other, to Him, and making our lives right. And none of us are any better than anybody else…

It’s about welcoming the little ones. Those that don’t understand. Those that can’t take care of themselves. Those that are not a part. Welcome them. Be an example to them. Do you realize…you are an example to someone. There is someone in your life who is watching what you do, who is learning from you. You are a person who God has established as a mentor to someone. Whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not, there is someone who is watching you. And for many of us, there are lots of someones watching us…

If we’re not bold enough to stand up and say, “I will serve the Lord because He called me,” then they may never, ever hear the truth, because then you will not be bold enough to tell them while you are there fellowshipping with them that you need to give up the way of life that you’re living and give your life to the Lord… If we’re not bold enough to do it, then who will?…

Don’t think that service comes when you want it. Service comes when God calls you. And sometimes it’s inconvenient when God calls you… And He expects us to drop what we’re doing to serve and honor Him. Even if it’s uncomfortable, He asks us to serve Him. To give up who we are, to give up our pride, to give up our greatness, in order to welcome and be a part of the lives of those He’s trying to save.

Dave Elkins

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