Mark 10:13-31

Mark 10:13-31

Mark 10:21Vintage message from January 7, 2001.

It is out of hard-heartedness that we live and dwell in sin; that we allow for the things of this world, the pleasures of this world, the cares of this world, to over run us. It’s because of the hardness of our hearts that we refuse to see things God’s way. And it’s because of the hardness of our heart that we will not walk in love relationship with Him. He desires that love relationship…

Do you realize that…in our arrogance we question every little thing that God says? “God, why? Why can’t I go out and do that?… Why can’t I do the things I want to do? Why can’t I be the way I want to be?” Even though God’s Word clearly says do not live in those lifestyles. “But, God, it’s fun. I enjoy it. You must not want me to enjoy life!” You know, I’ve actually heard people say that… There are consequences to everything we do, and God says when we go and live in those lifestyles, it separates us from Him… Serve one another, love one another, be there for one another. If we take that position of humility and forget what we want, but start looking at the needs of those around us and caring for those around us, all of a sudden we realize, life is fun. Life is fulfilling…

It’s not about being able to live good lives. It’s not about being able to impress the people around us. It’s not about going and helping the little old lady across the street. Even though we should be doing the good in society around us, it’s not about that. Are we doing those things because we want to impress God? Or, are we doing good simply because we are following Him, and it is a natural byproduct of following Him that good follows? And then we begin to realize that, you know what, I’m not doing good because I’m good. I’m doing good because I’m following the One Who’s good. If I’m doing the good on my own, outside of Him, it amounts to nothing… And we will only be successful in being good when we are giving up all that we have, all that we are, and following after Jesus. That’s the formula. That’s what most of us lack. Even as a believer, I find that I am not as successful in my walk with the Lord as I want to be, because too often I’m doing things to try to impress God rather than simply doing the things to be obedient to Him…

Go out and try it. Work all your life. Try to impress God. But, let me tell you, it will not be enough. He requires, asks for, and accepts only one thing; that is your receiving Him, believing Him, trusting Him, following Him. It’s about Him. It’s not about me. And until you can come to the place, until I can come to the place of truly saying that and meaning it, it’s about Him! It’s not about me. It’s about what He wants to accomplish in [my] life. It’s not about what I feel I need to accomplish in this life. It’s what He wants me to have. It’s not what I think I want me to have. It’s not about me.

Pastor Dave Elkins