You know what is
amazing? Read throughout the New Testament and you discover that it is
not about us, but it's all about Jesus, what He has done and what He is
still doing. All that we were able to do is sin and our good works are
all but far from God's plans. However, it is through Jesus that we are
forgiven! It is through Jesus that we can experience victory in our
life! It is through Jesus that our addictions can be broken! Funny that
"some" Christians don't always see it that way and think that it's all
about them. What Jesus is looking for is people who are willing to step
out in faith and desire to have a personal relationship with Him, with
the One who was willing to die for them, so that they could experience
It's Not about the church
Many Christians believe that the church is the authority about God's truth. What happens if your pastor is like Jim Jones who led his hundreds of members to death? What if your pastor is a David Koresh who promoted only his own will? What if your pastor doesn't even know God personally? Read the tragedy of what happened to the "church" at Jesus' time.
Rom 9:30-33 "How can we sum this up? All those people who didn't seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives. 31 And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. 32 How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their "God projects" that they didn't notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling. 33 Isaiah (again!) gives us the metaphor for pulling this together: Careful! I've put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion, a stone you can't get around. But the stone is me! If you're looking for me, you'll find me on the way, not in the way." (from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
The "church" in Jesus' days missed God's visitation! Why? Because they were "absorbed" more in what they were doing themselves and not on what God was doing! They missed the fulfillment of the prophecies they were studying regularly, not realizing that they were being fulfilled right in front of their eyes!
No, it's not about the church and what the church can do. It's about Jesus and what He has done and is still doing. Nothing we do of ourselves will have everlasting results. However, if we join God where He is at work, then watch out world!
John 5:19 "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." NIV
If Jesus could no nothing by Himself, unless He joined God at what God was doing, even less can we!
John 15:4-5 "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." NIV
We can do nothing apart from Jesus! However if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit! It's all about Him, not us! Our won efforts are but futile attempts to reach heaven!
It's Not about Me
Can you imagine spending 3 years with Jesus? The first person you would see when you woke up would be Jesus. The last person you would talk to before going to bed would be the Messiah. Would you need anything else if you had that opportunity? Jesus' disciples had that opportunity. Read what their actions were the day of Jesus' arrest: Luke 22:23-24 "They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest." NIV
They were fighting with one another because each of them wanted to be the greatest. They were full of themselves and empty on Jesus. No wonder they fell asleep when Jesus was agonizing in Gethsemane. Here's what the Bible says about how strong you are when you are full of yourself:
Matt 26:56 "Then all the disciples deserted him and fled." NIV
Not a pretty picture when one is full of oneself, isn't it!
Even prayer becomes empty when one is full of oneself:
James 4:2-3 "You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." NIV
Can anyone boast about what they are doing for God? Not at all:
Eph 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast." NIV
Jesus is the One who initiated our reconciliation with God. Jesus is the One who died for our sins. Jesus is the One who makes a difference in our lives. Where are we in all this? Nowhere! However, Jesus is in us!
1 Cor 3:16 "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?" NIV
It's All about Jesus and what He has done for us
When a church or someone says they have the truth and start to recite doctrine, they are in the dark! The truth is not a set of doctrines. It isn't even a set of rules! The truth is a living person!
John 14:6 "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." NIV
Jesus Christ is truth! None of your doctrines will bring you to God! None of your rules will help you to see the Father! Only through Jesus Christ who is "the way and the truth" can someone come to the Father. It's all about Jesus!
Have you ever wondered why "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God"? Read this text in it's context:
Rom 8:28-29 "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters." NLT
Whatever happens to us, may it be trials, may it be blessings, it is all to help us "become like His Son". It's all about Jesus!
What about those who prefer to believe in their church or in themselves? What does Jesus say about them?
Matt 15:14 "Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." NIV
The choice is ours to make. Do you make the choice in putting your trust in a church? Or do you prefer to believe in yourself? Wouldn't it be better to choose Jesus who is "the way and the truth" and be full of Him? It's all about Him!
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org