Luke 20:1-19

Luke 20:1-19

How many times do I actually stop and say, "God, am I doing it right? Am I doing it Your way? Am I honoring You with this, or is this even what You want me to do?"How many of us, through our lives, have felt we could do it on our own? Even though there is plenty of information to tell us that Jesus exists, His Spirit exists, that His power is ruling and reigning over this world. We know this, but we’ve convinced ourselves that we do not need His authority. Once again, look at how you live. Look at the things you do before you answer that question. It might surprise you. Just like the Pharisees, I am guilty of thinking, somehow, “I’m special. I’m different. I don’t need to obey all of God’s laws. I can do it on my own.” And then, when I suffer the consequences, Who’s the first person I complain to? God…

I submit to you, every time we sin, every time we step outside of what we know is God’s will for us, like these Pharisees, we willingly, knowingly, rebel against God and say, “We are better than You.” And God will deal; He’ll deal with them, He’ll deal with us…

They were given the responsibility to build relationship between God and the world, not just the nation of Israel, but to all of the Gentile nations. They were given the responsibility to build a bridge, a place, so that the whole world could come and know God…

I would submit, we know much more than we claim to know when we make our decision. How many times do you pray about making a decision? A decision that you need to make. How many times do you stop and pray with somebody else and say, “I want to make this a right decision. Would you pray with me about it? I want God involved in this one. I want to make sure that I am walking right with the Lord today. Would you pray with me? Would you stand with me and go to God with me?” How often do you do that? I don’t do it often enough. I assume. God has given me a life to live, and I assume that when I get up and put on my pants in the morning, I’m free to roam. I’m free to do it my way. And, you know, if God wants to stop me, He’s free to do that. How many times do I actually stop and say, “God, am I doing it right? Am I doing it Your way? Am I honoring You with this, or is this even what You want me to do?” Even though I know that Jesus is my Lord, my Messiah, my Savior — He gives me eternity — I oftentimes reject what I know He would have me to do because it is not the way I want to do it. And I can come up with all kinds of excuses…

We all have excuses, but that’s all they are. Excuses. Did we ask God first?…

Do we, like [the Pharisees], do things in the name of Christianity and talk about our Christianity because it’s the thing to do. Or do we live Christ in our life so that people not only hear the gospel from our mouth, but see the gospel from the way we live…

When you fall on Jesus, it hurts because He will show you all of the slimy areas of your life; the things you hoped you would never have to see. We are all guilty. There are none of us who are not guilty. We all have those areas in our life that Jesus needs to address, and it hurts to hear about them. This is why Jesus is rejected so readily, because in a politically correct society, we can’t tell people that they’re wrong any more. It hurts their feelings. Well, guess what? It’s going to hurt your feelings a whole lot more when you stand before God and you hear Him say, “Depart from me, you who worked iniquity. I never knew you.” Imagine how that’s going to hurt. And we can do something about it. Yeah, it may be obnoxious to have to tell someone that they need Jesus in their life, but we can do something about it, and we can turn to the Lord, and we can see those areas in our life change. But we have to fall on Him, and it hurts to fall on Him. We’ll be broken to pieces, but — I love that “but” — “He on whom it falls will be crushed.” You know what? We have that opportunity to come to Jesus. We have the opportunity to fall on Him, and humble ourselves now…

We’ve been given time to humble ourselves and fall on the Capstone. We have that time. We can get our lives right, and we can walk with the Lord humbly, the way He wants us to walk with Him, or we can walk the way we want to walk, do it our way, and show everybody how tough we are, how in control we are, how we can make our own decisions.

Dave Elkins