Luke 18:15-30

Luke 18:15-30

We must pursue the kingdom of God like a little child: with a simple faith, a simple trust, knowing that God means what He says.We start paying attention more to the things of the world than to the Word of God, and we become deceived, and we fall away. We must pursue the kingdom of God like a little child: with a simple faith, a simple trust, knowing that God means what He says. If I say to you right now, “Jesus loves you,” do you believe that? I know a lot of people who would say, “Yeah, right. Good words, Dave. Thanks a lot. Yeah, uh huh.” The fact is it’s true. Jesus loves you. Why does He love you? Because He’s chosen to love you. Not because you’re good enough. Because He’s chosen to love you, and whether you want to accept it or not, whether you want to believe it or not, it is not going to change the fact that Jesus loves you, and desires for you to be with Him. That is His desire…

Why? Because I want them with Me. Plain and simple. He loves His children, and you and I are His children. He loves us, and He desires us to be with Him. So let’s take our eyes off of our condition in life and put our eyes on Him and look to Him for the love that He has for us and simply come to Him, and then trust that He is going to take care of everything else. Whether you have or whether you don’t have, let Him take care of everything else…

God alone is good. The rest of us are in need of His goodness. I’m not saying to start bashing yourself and putting yourself down, but just understand the truth and your condition in life. I’m filled with flaws. I’m filled with sin. I am in need of God’s goodness. I’m not good, but God is…

Where it is impossible with us, it is possible with God to accomplish what He desires, because He is the One that desires to have us with Him. It is He Who desired for men to have salvation. It is He Who desired for men to know His love. It is He Who desired for men to bring us into a relationship where we are walking with Him. And where it is impossible with us, it is possible with God…

What is it we’re going to receive once we start to sacrifice who we are for the name and Person of Jesus? When we give our lives over to Him, when we trust Him the way the disciples trusted Him, and gave up everything and followed Him… It’s not about the things that you have. It’s about Who you’re following. It’s not about how good you are. It’s about Who you’re following. Are we following Jesus? Are we going where Jesus has asked us to go? Are we being what Jesus has asked us to be? Are we able to give up the things of this life, the things that make us comfortable? Are we able to walk away from it in order to trust that Jesus is going to take us into a better place?…

What is our reward, not only in this life but in the life to come? Eternity. That’s what we gain…

Think about what you have right now. What do you have in your life that you are holding on to that would be a challenge for you if Jesus said give it up? Home? Cars? Clothes? What about looks?…

Are you doing what you’re doing because Jesus has asked you to do it? Bottom line. Are you following Jesus?

Dave Elkins

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