Matthew 26:57-75

Matthew 26:57-75

Each and every day of our life, that's what we face: a choice, either to trust Jesus with our life even if it's uncomfortable, even if it's hard, or to take the power and the authority of our own lives into our own hands and deal with it as we will.Just as I have on a few occasions myself, thought that I could accomplish. I mean, I’m not after the world. I just want a very small part of it, but God reminds me that not even the smallest part of this world belongs to me, not even this flesh that He has allowed me, that He has blessed me to borrow to live in while I’m here. Doesn’t even belong to me, and He has shown me that many times over by allowing for there to be thorns in my flesh, and even though I scream and cry and will yell, “Foul! Foul! That’s not fair, God!” Well, why isn’t it fair? Doesn’t He own the very clay that this body is made of? And doesn’t the potter have a right to do with a pot as He chooses?… But how many of you have cried “Foul!” when God has made you uncomfortable? Because somehow, you are convinced that this little piece of clay belongs to you, and the authority that it takes to live in this piece of clay belongs to you. It’s just a way of thinking. “I don’t want to own the world. Okay, God? But just let me own this piece of clay! Let me make the decisions for this piece of clay. I can make a pretty nice pot out of this piece of clay if You’ll just give me an opportunity. I can impress You, God!…”

Once again, sometimes we face uncomfortable situations, we face challenges in our lives that we would prefer not to face, and we’re always looking for a way out. Jesus wasn’t looking for a way out. Jesus was looking for it to be finished, Jesus was looking for His Father’s will to be done, and accepted that His Father’s will might mean His death and, in fact, I believe He accepted the fact that His Father’s will meant for Him to die, and He accepted it… Jesus understood…this body that He had was not His own. It was not His to do with as He wanted, but it was His Father’s to do with as He desired, and it was God’s desire to love us through this body being afflicted, so no matter what they did, in their spitting and their slapping and their hitting, their mocking, we’re told that He remained silent…

See, my flesh is willing. I’m wiling to be bold. When I’m sitting here in front of you, I’m willing to be bold, and I am willing to make bold statements but I have, in my past, been challenged, and I have found many times in my past, my spirit also is weak… And that brings me to the question, a question I ask myself every day, and I hope every opportunity I get to encourage you and ask you. Are you reading? Are you praying? Are you taking time to watch for what God wants to do in your life? Or are we building a little world of our own, a power base that we can lay claim to, living comfortably in our own flesh, believing somehow that we have the right and authority to at least govern here?…

We convince ourselves in many different ways that the lives that we’re living, we have a right to live, and the experiences that we’re having, we have a right to have, and the decisions we make, we have a right to make, but does that come after watching and praying and knowing God’s Word, knowing what God would have to say to you? Are we praying, “Father, Your will be done, not mine”?…

Each and every day of our life, that’s what we face: a choice, either to trust Jesus with our life even if it’s uncomfortable, even if it’s hard, or to take the power and the authority of our own lives into our own hands and deal with it as we will. That’s what we’re facing. That’s what you’re going to face tomorrow morning when you get out of bed. That’s what you’re going to face all day long. You’ll either make your decisions based on the power and authority that you’ve given to yourself, or you’re going to live your life based on the power and the authority that God has over you.

Pastor Dave Elkins