Mark 12:35-44

Mark 12:35-44

Mark 12:36Vintage message from March 11, 2001.

You either believe God’s Word, trust God’s Word, and obey God’s Word, or you don’t. And you know what? I find there are times I don’t, and because I do know God’s Word, that’s where my heart is called on the carpet. Then I have to come back and say, “Lord, I blew it. I’ve sinned against You. There’s no way around it. There are no loopholes. I’ve sinned against You. Forgive me.” And that’s what God is trying to do in us; is bring us from that place of justifying what we do, to simply knowing His Word and, when we’re wrong, saying, “We are wrong.” Because you know what? He never is. As much as we would like for Him to be, He is never wrong, and we often are. And the only way we know that is by spending the time in His Word studying and seeking Jesus for His heart, and asking the question, and then being willing to receive the answer, even if it’s not to our benefit, because Jesus will always give us the answer that is right for us…

Part of the problem that we have in life is, who is ultimately the authority over us?… When you received Jesus into your life, did He become your Lord and your Master? Your God? Your Creator? Or did He become your convenient person that you call on whenever you find yourself in trouble? Did He become your way out? Did He become your Santa Claus? Did He become your complaining post [that] you go to to share all of your complaints and gripes with? What did Jesus become when you invited Him in?…

The issue of Lordship should be brought up to our hearts. Who and how much do we consider Jesus [to be] our Lord? And if we don’t consider Jesus [our Lord], who do we consider Lord? Who is the ultimate authority over us?… Who are we willing to submit to as Lord? Is Jesus really our Lord, or is He just somebody that we can manipulate? Someone that gives us the things that we think we want, when we think we want them? Is He just that person that every time we get in trouble that we choose to cry out to, or is He truly our Lord and our Master? Is He truly the One that we turn to regardless of what our situation is? Good, bad or ugly, are we turning to Him, and submitting to Him, and especially when we find ourselves in those hard times, saying, “You are my Lord, and I am willing to be here in this situation because I am submitted to You and, if this is what You have for me, then so be it. I will be here and go through this with You.” Is that the statement of our heart?…

Why do we serve the Lord? What are our motives for serving the Lord? Is it so that we’ll get noticed, or is it so that He will be noticed? When we help our neighbor, when we show love to those that are hurting around us, do we make sure that everybody knows it, or do we do it in such a way that our neighbor may not even know where the help came from. No one may know that I did this thing, and it doesn’t matter who knows. That’s not the point. Our motives are revealed in how we expect others to treat us; how we expect others to think about us and, if in any way you think you should be elevated because of something that you’ve done, because of the life you’ve lived, then your motives are wrong…

Pastor Dave Elkins

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