Vintage message from December 17, 2000.
We, in our hearts, need to be prepared, and we are only prepared by giving up our will and our flesh, …to pray and to fast and to seek God’s heart, to know the Father’s will in this matter… There is a time that we need to take in prayer and fasting and preparation in our heart to face what might be coming to us. Now, most of what we would face each day, the general questions of the day, the minor turmoils of the day, can be handled by just saying, “Lord, I give this day to You.” But there are times in our life, and I believe the Holy Spirit tells us, we’re prompted at times, to know that we need to go a little deeper. We need to do a little more than just crack our Bible for ten minutes, throw up the “Oh, good morning, Lord. By the way, meet my needs today.” We need to take some time, some real time, and give up our flesh and give up our time and spend that with the Father and say, “I don’t know what’s coming, but whatever it is, I want to be prepared…”
Do you know how important it is that we take time alone with Jesus to be taught? That we get away from the crowds and we get away from the hustle and we get away from all of the distractions of life that are around us, so that we can spend time learning from Jesus… He knows. He already knows your thoughts. He knows your heart. There’s no sense in hiding it from Him. He knows where you’re at. He knows what you’re thinking. He knows where you’re hurting, and so you might as well just give it to Him…
There are times that [Jesus] pulls us away from the distractions of the world and the distractions of ministry and the distractions of life itself and says, “Sit here with Me and learn.” And yet, we’re distracted. We’re distracted by, “Well, what am I going to get out of this?” Have you ever thought of it that way? “Well, God, I’m willing to serve You but what am I going to get out of it? And when is it my turn to be served? And, I deserve a break today…” This is what the world tells us, and we buy into it! “It’s my turn.” And every time you find yourself saying that, “It’s my turn. What about me? I’ve given. I’ve helped. I’ve been out on the front lines. Now it’s my turn!” Well, I don’t read anywhere in here that it says that it’s ever going to be your turn! “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Well, that “all” encompasses a lot, and if you truly took this to heart, you would realize that it is never, ever going to be your turn, so when you have those selfish pity parties because things aren’t going your way, understand that Jesus hasn’t called you to have your way. And that’s where we need to come and meet Jesus, and learn from Him, and understand that you know what? It’s not about me. It’s about Him. It’s about what He’s called us to… It’s not about what you can get out of it. It’s about welcoming those who we don’t want to take the time for… He’s talking about that love relationship that the Father wants to have with us.
Pastor Dave Elkins