Matthew 26:1-13

Matthew 26:1-13

I find, all too often, that I selfishly approach God to say, "God, give me, give me, give me," rather than, "Lord, what can I do for You today?... Lord what can I do to prepare this world for Your return? What can I do to invest in that?"Are you looking forward to the Lord returning? And are you preparing, or prepared for the Lord to return? What if the Lord wanted to return before this message was even over? Are you ready to go? Is it something you’re looking forward to? Have you been doing the things that you know that you would like to get heaven and stand with the Lord and say, “Oh, Lord, Lord! Guess what I was doing today! Guess what I was doing today!” Or, are you, “Oh, Lord, I don’t want to talk about that one.” Are our hearts ready? We can think about it, we can intellectually know that it’s going to happen, but are our hearts ready? Inside that spark of motivation that drives us. Are we ready? Is that what we’re looking forward to? I want to go home, but I find myself torn. There’s a lot of life that I still want to live. There’s a lot of things I still haven’t experienced. You know, I have a lot of fun just being in fellowship with you guys. We have great times together… The things that we do together make me want to stay here all the more. But if we can enjoy those times together as much as we do, imagine how much more we will enjoy the time together when we’re standing in the presence of the Lord and actually experiencing the eternity that He has created for us. It’s hard for me to imagine, and I fear, sometimes, if I heard the trumpet blast and the Voice call out from heaven, “Come up here,” I might stand there and argue for a minute. “Oh, but wait Lord! No, not yet! Let me, let me go finish this first…” I don’t want to be one of those that argues with the Lord, but I have to be honest, and I have to evaluate my heart, and I find sometimes I’m just not ready. But in knowing that I’m not ready and then studying these chapters that tell us to be looking up; to be ready; to be prepared; to have the oil in our lamp; to be doing the things that we need to be doing to encourage those around us so that when we hear, we’re ready to go; that’s where I need to be. I know that’s where I need to be…

Sometimes the best way to be prepared for something that you know you’ve got to face is to continually remind yourself and those around you that it’s coming. Just as I can say to you today, “Guess what? The Lord will return.” I know we say it a lot, but the Lord will return. We’ve got to be ready for that…

What do you have in your life that is so valuable that, if you were asked to give it up for Jesus, that you would have to stop and think twice about? What is it that you’re holding onto that you don’t think that you could give up, that has so much value that you would argue about needing to give it up?…

Do you believe Jesus’s words? It brings us back to that original question I asked: are we ready? Are we prepared? Are we accepting what Jesus told us He was going to do?…

How much do you invest into your love relationship with Jesus? Is your love relationship that you have with Jesus just a passing fancy? “Oh, yeah. Hi Jesus. I’m here today. Bless me, bless me, bless me. Okay, now I’m on my way.” You know how many people pray that way? Or are you pouring your life — who you are, what you have — into the Person of Jesus? I’m not asking you to go sell your homes. I’m not asking you to do crazy things… No, it’s not about that. That’s not what Jesus is saying. Jesus is saying this woman [who poured perfume onto his head] had the right heart attitude. She knew when and where to invest her life in a love relationship. How are you investing your love for Jesus? And is your prayer, is your time with Him, only about what you can get out of it? Once again, that’s the thing I fear the most. I’m selfish. I selfishly approach my life, I selfishly approach the future, and when I pray, I find, all too often, that I selfishly approach God to say, “God, give me, give me, give me,” rather than, “Lord, what can I do for You today? What an I do to prepare this world to meet You?… Lord, what can I do to prepare this world for Your return? What can I do to invest in that?” Just a way to think. A new perspective, maybe.

Pastor Dave Elkins