It’s Not About You

May 22, 2019

Good Morning Everyone,

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! – Psalm 115:1

You know what?  I’m offended that you’re offended!  When did this world become all about you?  Have you ever wanted to say that to someone?  I know I have.  It seems that we live in a world of insufferable ego-maniacs.  What’s worse is seeing this attitude within your own congregation.  Pettiness and divisiveness spring up when people become more focused on themselves than on God’s ministry.  Guess what everyone, it’s not about you!

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison).

25 Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

It’s time to get over your bad self.  It’s time to make worship about Christ and what he’s done for you.  Now, if that offends you, you have greater issues than cursing your church for not catering your your every whim.  

23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Scripture reminds us again and again to humble ourselves before God and not to be wise in our own site – 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! – Isaiah 5:21.

As far as we are able, we need to live our lives in humility, serving others even as Christ gave us the example.  At the end of the day, it’s not about you, it’s about Jesus.

Today, as you consider God’s Word, as you believe in Christ Jesus, your Savior, your risen Lord, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed child of God.

Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, forgive us when we seek to please ourselves rather than honoring You. Far too often we want to make our lives about us when we should be living our lives for you. You should cast us away for our selfishness; instead, you offer grace and forgiveness through your Son Jesus Christ. It is only bathed in the blood of the lamb that we find forgiveness for our sins of conceit. We praise you, we bless you and we thank you for restoring us through Jesus. We pray that we will always live our lives for him for He bought us with his own precious blood. In His name we pray, Amen and Amen.

May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.

In His Service,

Joel