Matthew 22:34-46

Matthew 22:34-46

We spend a lot of time questioning Jesus. We need to stop questioning, and start studying God's Word. Know His will and His heart's desire for us through His Word. As you get to know Him through His Word, then you get to know Him personally, and you begin to understand and see the display of His power, and we're no longer in error.It’s easy to say “love your neighbor” until they do something that irritates you, and then you’re saying, “God, it was better if I didn’t even know my neighbor!” But in Leviticus they were instructed to not get revenge or to carry a grudge, to not hold onto it, but to love their neighbor. How love their neighbor?… Let them have that place that you would normally take. Love your neighbor as yourself. That’s hard… It goes much deeper than just tolerating them… It’s not bearing a grudge, and it’s actually caring for them the way I would care for me, the way I would care for my family, the way I would care for my possessions. Making sure that they’re taken care of when times are rough. Asking from time to time, “How are you doing? Is there something I can do for you?” More than just “pray for you…”

First, God desires to have love relationship with us, and He desires for us to love Him. Love Him how? With everything. With soul, with heart, with mind, and, according to Deuteronomy, strength. Everything you are needs to be about loving God, and then loving your neighbor as you love yourself…

We spend a lot of time questioning Jesus. We try to trap Jesus. We want to do things with our life. We want to approach jobs and life scenarios, and oftentimes they do not line up with what God has us doing, and just like the Pharisees, just like the Sadducees, we begin to question God. We need to stop questioning, and start studying God’s Word. Know His will and His heart’s desire for us through His Word. As you get to know Him through His Word, then you get to know Him personally, and you begin to understand and see the display of His power, and we’re no longer in error. Then we can say with certainty that, “What I am doing is God’s will. God has me in this place at this moment for this purpose because it is His will.” No longer playing this game of, “Well, God, I really want to do this so why won’t You let me? How about if we do it this way? And you know what, God? If that wouldn’t have happened, and if You wouldn’t have made this happen, and You know what? If You would just let me do that and this, then all this could work,” and we question God, and we become like the Sadducees and the Pharisees. We’re trying to justify ourselves, rather than to honor the Lordship of God in our life…

Jesus is Lord over every one of us in this room this morning. We are His servants to do His will, His bidding, not our own. The nice thing about our Lord, though, is He does allow for us to enjoy what we’re doing so often. He does put us in those places where we would desire to be, and He grants us worldly things to comfort us. We make the mistake of then latching onto those comforts, those worldly things, and trying to hold on to them or gain more of them, rather than to say, “Lord, they belong to You. I’m giving back to You what belongs to You, and I’m giving back to the world what belongs to the world. You let me use whatever it is You need me to use to accomplish Your will and Your desire on this earth, because You are my Lord, my God, and my Savior.

Pastor Dave Elkins