Luke 14:1-14

Luke 14:1-14

We're going to be so much happier in life if we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about others.This is the problem I find, when we get stuck in legalisms, when we allow legalisms to rule our life, we know very little about God’s Word and don’t care to know the truth of God’s Word. We take what we want from God’s Word, and we use it the way we want, and leave the rest behind. I have, on a few occasions, had conversations with people who wanted to eliminate certain portions of God’s Word because they didn’t like it or agree with it…

And so I just simply take a page of the Bible and rip it out. “Fine, well then, let’s just eliminate that page.” You know what? If we start eliminating everything in this Book that we don’t like, pretty soon we’re not going to have anything in the Book. We’re going to have a cover and a back page. Nothing in the middle because pretty soon you’ll find that there are things in this Book that we can not agree with. When it comes to God, we can not agree because God is righteous in every way and holy in every way, and guess what? I am unrighteous and unholy in every way. The only possible way that I can come to agreement with what’s here in this Book is to come to agreement with what Jesus has to say. First and foremost, that I need Him, that I need relationship with Him. And this is all Jesus has ever tried to do, is to bring men into this love relationship…

How often do we find ourselves in trouble and in controversy and when the question is asked, “Well, are you right with the Lord? Do you believe His Word? Do you even want to hear His Word?” And we find that we have, really, nothing to say. You know why we have nothing to say? Because we know if we opened our mouth, we would stick our foot in it because we would be in disagreement with God and His Word…

How do you think about yourself? What do you think about yourself? Do you find importance in yourself or hope that others find importance in you? Are you motivated by how you believe others think about you or should think about you?… We are so often motivated by selfish, self-serving motivation. We think of ourself beyond anything else… Jesus is always trying to teach His disciples, it’s not about me. It’s not about my position. It’s not about my place. It’s not about how people look at me. It’s how God perceives me, what God knows about me, and what God wants to do with me. “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” God is paying attention. He knows who is truly humble in heart and taking that place of watching others and seeing to their needs…

Why do we do what we do? What is our motivation? What do we expect to get back when we involve ourselves in other people’s lives? How do we want others to interact with us? Why do we do the things with them that we do? Are we expecting something back? I guarantee you that almost everything we do is out of self-service and self-motivation, self-preservation. We want to be noticed, we want to be liked, we want to be cared for, and some people would say, “Well, there’s nothing wrong with that. Didn’t God create us to be loved?…” Not according to what Jesus has just taught us. It’s not about what we do for ourselves. It’s about what we do for others. How we interact with those who have no clue about what love really is, or whether or not they have the ability to notice or repay us or be involved with us any more after we’ve been involved with them…

Isn’t, really, what we’re looking for is blessing? God’s blessing? The blessing that sustains us through the hardships in life. You know, the ones I find in this world who have the least blessing are the ones that seem to be trying to gain the most. They have no clue what real blessing is… It’s not about them noticing us, but who have we noticed?…

Let me ask this question. Why do you spend so much time thinking about yourself? That’s the real question. Why do we spend so much time thinking about me? You know what? We’re going to be so much happier in life if we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about others…

Rather than waiting to be invited to the feast, rather than worrying about what others are going to think or do for us, why don’t we take the initiative and be the ones that do the inviting?

Dave Elkins