Mark 7:20-30

Mark 7:20-30

Mark 7:28Vintage message from November 19, 2000.

I find, in our society today, we want to be insulted. We want our feelings hurt. We want to be able to react and rebel against those that hurt us, don’t we? I mean, isn’t that the way we respond?… I was insulted because this person did not do what he should have done, or she should have done, to fit within my comfort zone of life. When people do things to me that hurt me or insult me, I respond. I’m not saying you guys do. I’m not accusing you at all, but consider that you might…

I don’t believe Jesus was ever harsh… I believe He’s firm at times, and I believe at times He speaks to us where we need to be spoken to, and sometimes, let me tell you, we don’t like to hear what Jesus has to say to us. No matter how gentle you say it, to hear that you’re a sinner is harsh. None of us like to hear our faults. None of us like to hear that God wants to deal with an area in our life, and sometimes we respond negatively to that…

There are many things in life that we as adults do, that we don’t think anything about. The lifestyles of sin that we step into…that we think, “I’m hurting nobody but myself.” [Do] you know how many people I’ve heard say that to me? “I’m hurting nobody but me.” Well, let me tell you, the things that you do not only hurt you but they hurt the people around you. The decisions you make oftentimes are decisions made that affect the people who are the closest to you…

Jesus has come to show them what the true Spirit of God is: to love and to care and to heal and to teach and sometimes, yes, sometimes even to be “harsh” where our sin is concerned…

Sometimes the crumbs from the table are far greater than the feast that we can make for ourself. If the blessing that’s falling on the floor is from God’s Hand, I’d much rather have that crumb than the turkey dinner… If the blessing that falls from God’s table is on the floor before me, that blessing is worth more than any of the food that we can make for ourself. We can’t do it ourself… Sometimes, just replying to God the way He wants us to reply to Him, showing Him that respect, seeking after Him, He heals us. I look out at a world that’s lost and I see God pouring His blessing out on that world, and He’s waiting for us to go out and tell that world that’s lost and dying, “The things that bless you are from the Hand of God. If you would just turn to Him, you would see it.”

Pastor Dave Elkins