Luke 11:37-54

Luke 11:37-54

It's truly not about you. It's truly not about me. It's about loving the way God wants us to love.If you see only yourself, if you see only your need, if you see only your struggle, then you need to start thinking of a light bulb change. Your light may have gone out or has grown so dim that nobody can see, and you can’t see because there’s no light shining for you to see clearly. When the eyes are good, you’re discerning spiritual things, and you are seeing what God is doing out there. God loves us. God will meet our needs. God will give us our strength. God will give us what we need to have in order to endure through this life, and He’s made us that promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Isn’t that what He said? We can depend on that. But you know what? There’s a world out there who doesn’t necessarily know that or believe that…

People, just like moths, are attracted to the light. When we are lost in darkness, we desire light. People will be attracted to that. Are you being a light? Are you living your life in such a way that you become a lamp that shines to those that are around you?…

It’s not about how people perceive us. It is truly only about what God does through us, and how we allow Him to use us…

You know what? The truth, many times, hurts. The truth is meant to expose us. If you were living the way God wants you to live, guess what the truth is going to expose? That you are living the way God wants you to live. But if you are not living the way God wants you to live, then the truth is going to expose that as well, and it hurts, and God’s Word is the truth…

It is your responsibility to pick up God’s Word and study for yourself. It is your responsibility to interact with God through His Word…

My question is, do we think we’re clever? How do we use God’s Word? Why do we turn to God’s Word? So often, I have to admit, I turn to God’s Word so that I can find a way out of my trouble; so that I can find encouragement for myself; so that I can say, “I’ve fulfilled my obligation to you this week, God.” God checks my motives so often, and He reminds me so often that it is not about me. It truly is not about me. It is not about my life. It is not about my comforts. It is not about my desires. It is about His desire to save a lost and dying world. To reach out to me. To be a light that shines brightly so that they can see…

It’s truly not about me. Can you say that? Can you say that to yourself and to God? It is not about me. It’s not about my comfort. It’s not about my desire. I whine like it is, but it truly is not. God loves us. God desires for us to love Him and to love others. The only way we can do that is to see Him for the truth in His Word and allow that truth to permeate us, to begin to shine within us so that we can see outside of ourselves and begin to discern spiritual things. To see the Spirit of God working outside in the world around us. And then when others become more important than me. Then I’m truly beginning to see appropriately. My eyes have become good. A light shines in me… It’s truly not about you. It’s truly not about me. It’s about loving the way God wants us to love.

Dave Elkins

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