Matthew 8:1-22

Matthew 8:1-22

Generally, what you find in life is when God puts people in your life, He's also putting need in your life, because...every one of us here have need.So often we are concerned about appearances. We are concerned about what people think about us. We are concerned about how it’s going to affect our lives. If someone sees us do something or be part of something that the rest of society doesn’t agree with. And this is what is phenomenal about Jesus and His ministry: He did not care about what society thought of Him. He wasn’t caught up in appearances and what people would think… He sets and example that, I believe, is important for you and I today, because so often today the same things happen. We don’t want to associate with certain people. They look weird. They act weird. They smell funny… You know what? It doesn’t matter. If they’re asking and seeking, knocking, and Jesus has put you in their life, maybe He’s put you in their life for you to reach out and touch and be part of their life, regardless of what it may do to you socially, regardless of what it may do to you emotionally. Sometimes we have to drop our emotional guard, and allow for the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do in healing…

Generally what you find in life is when God puts people in your life, He’s also putting need in your life, because there’s not one person in this room, I guarantee you, that when you dig deep enough you will find that you do not have need. Everyone of us here have need, and God gives us one another in order for that need to be met…

Just because you go to church, doesn’t mean you’re going to heaven. It’s not about association… And Jesus is saying to them, it is not about that… It’s about faith. Faith that God can and desires to interact with you. That God desires to heal you, and God desires to take care of those needs in your life… When all of this has ended, those with faith, those who have trusted, those who have chosen to believe that God was their salvation, that God loved them enough to interact with them and come to them, will be the ones who are entering in. Not those who simply claim association…

God loves you, and God desires for you to be in relationship with Him, and He loved you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to tell you it’s about faith. Believe Him, trust Him, and guess what? You’re in. You’re in! Don’t think by playing games with God, don’t think by going to church, by dressing up on Sunday, by helping the little old lady across the street, don’t think that those good works are going to help you in any way. God loves you. He doesn’t want you to be separated from Him…

[Jesus] just taught them what real love is. And this is where I see so many believers in Jesus. They’ll teach others about what the world needs to know about Jesus, they’re quick to open their mouth, but you’ve also got to be an example. It’s okay to teach. It’s okay to use God’s Word. Its okay to share with people what they need to do in Christ Jesus. To do for God. To live for God. But understand, if you’re going to say it, then you’ve got to live it! And this is the example that Jesus is for us now. He’s living what He just taught these people, and He’s not letting anything stop Him. He’s not letting any of those social abnormalities hold Him back. He is stepping in and doing the work that nobody else wants to do, and He’s loving people, and He’s caring for people, and especially those that are sick…

Jesus wanted us to understand that we have at our disposal great power, and that power is given a word. It’s called faith…

[Do] you want to follow Jesus? Understand, it is not about what you get out of it. You’re already getting the greatest blessing there is when you commit your life to Jesus and that’s eternal life. Living with God throughout eternity. Being part of what God is doing throughout eternity. But if you think you’re going to get more out of it on this earth, if you think somehow you can amass for yourself some reward or some wealth, Jesus is saying, it’s not about that… You want to follow Jesus? It can mean giving up a lot.

Pastor Dave Elkins