Matthew 20:29-34

Matthew 20:29-34

God is looking for faithful men and women who will trust Him, to believe Him for the miracle, and to cry out to Him, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! Use me, and let my life become a testimony and a witness to those around me."You know why we don’t receive the miracle? Because we don’t ask for the miracle. Most of us sit around begging for the things that we don’t need. We sit around insisting that God give us the stuff that is useless to us. Most of the men would have been begging for silver or gold, for their food, but here you had a man, as Jesus was coming in, who realized his real was for sight, a change of life. But that takes a little greater commitment, doesn’t it? To ask God for the miracle that’s going to change our life. You know what it meant for this blind man to get his sight back? He no longer got to sit on the side of the road and tell stories with his friends. Spend all day whispering back and forth, begging as people came by. Having somebody else take care of him. It meant, now, he would have to get up and get a job. He no longer had an excuse to have others take him by the hand and lead him around. That he was going to have to depend on the strength that he received as he worked hard and trusted God. You know why we don’t get the miracle when we ask? Because we’re not asking for the miracle. We’re asking for the things that we want…

Do you believe that people actually pay attention to what you do? Does your life have an affect on anyone else around you?…

God wants to use us… God wants to do miracles in our lives, first and foremost. But guess what? We need to ask for that miracle. We need to believe for that miracle. We need to trust for that miracle. If you’re asking for pennies, you’ll get pennies. I’m not one of those that teaches the more you ask for, the more God is going to give you, because I believe that God gives you plenty of challenges in your life. He gives you what He knows you need, and sometimes what you need is to be broke and to be challenged, and He’ll give that to you. But when you’re looking for the miracle, you’ve got to have faith, and you’ve got to ask for the miracle, and then when you do, that miracle becomes a testimony to someone else, because guess what? There is somebody else who is going to be blessed by your experience. There is going to be somebody else who is watching and paying attention to your experience. I don’t care how much you say, “I’m nothing. My life is meaningless. I’ve screwed up so much in my life, there’s no way God could use me!” God uses me, and believe me, I’ve screwed up plenty, and if God can use me, He can use anybody. And I guarantee you, if you were able to sit down and talk to Matthew, you would hear Matthew go, “Oh, man! I was a tax collector! There was no way God could have used me. They all hated me. The Jews hated me. The Romans hated me. But then Jesus came along, and He called me. What was up with that? And Jesus used me.” He was a traitor to his people, and Jesus used him. You can’t screw up worse than that, believe me. God desires to use us. He desires to use our testimony, and guess what? My testimony doesn’t have to be the same as yours. Your testimony doesn’t have to be the same as mine. Even if we’re having similar experiences with God, they don’t have to be exactly the same to be valid. We just have to be willing to let God use us, and let Him validate His own power in and through us…

God is looking for faithful men and women who will trust Him, to believe Him for the miracle, and to cry out to Him, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! Use me and let my life become a testimony and a witness to those around me.”

Pastor Dave Elkins