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TV Broadcast #961

What Do You Want?
Part One

March 6, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 961 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

-- Brother Phil Enlow: Well, I’ve had some thoughts kind of developing in mind over the last few days and let’s just see what the Lord has. Let’s turn to a very familiar scripture just as a starting point in Matthew chapter 6 — Matthew chapter 6.

This is a part of the so-called Sermon on the Mount where Jesus was sitting on a mountain side and there was a great crowd around Him and He just began to teach them very simple things. This was a Jewish audience. They had grown up in the synagogues and with a knowledge of their own history. And, so Jesus is talking about, in many instances, He’s talking about what the Law says and the real righteousness of God is something that goes way beyond that.

But in chapter 6, beginning in verse 19, Jesus begins a particular subject and He says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (NIV).

And so the theme, while Jesus is speaking of money in particular, the theme really has to do with the fact that there are earthly things that men seek and there is the heavenly and they cannot be…they’re not compatible with one another. You’ve got to choose. We either are gonna seek for what is above or we’re gonna seek for what is below.

And, we have one other account where Jesus made this same statement about no man being able to serve two masters. I’ll just refer to it, and it says, the Pharisees who loved money sneered at him. You can see really where their heart was, couldn’t you?

But I see this as something that I’ve observed in different lives. I’m certainly conscious of myself. I’m conscious of all of us and what it’s like to be human and to live in this world. And think about what’s going on here. Jesus, we’re told in John, came into the world to be a light to the world. There was a life in Him. It was God’s life…different, totally different from man’s life. And he says that life that was in Him was the light of men.

There was something that gave them a different viewpoint than men naturally have and the people to whom Jesus spoke were just people who were born into this world. And you know, if you don’t…if you haven’t observed this directly, you know little kids, what do they do? They’re like sponges. They listen, they learn, they adopt the values of those around them in one way or another.

And their viewpoint is earthly, typically. They simply see a physical world, they think of a physical life, and the time that we have here and…the saying that’s pretty popular in one form or another, ‘we only go around once’ and the implication is, you better get what you’re gonna get while you can. You don’t get a second shot at all this. And so the motivation that’s just drilled into human beings is to pursue the dreams and the visions and the desires of your own heart with respect to your life in this world. That’s what life is about to most people.

And Jesus goes on and He talks about the necessary things of life…what we eat, what we wear, and all that sort of thing, and how God is concerned about such things. But He said all these things, that’s what the Gentiles seek after. Now, that would have been an interesting reaction to the audience that He was talking to because they looked down upon the Gentiles, but yet if they looked into their hearts and were honest, they would say, yeah, I’m just like that, too. And so here I am just really in my heart like somebody out there that we consider is not part of God’s program and not part of God’s Kingdom at all.

But I’ll tell you, this is a real challenge and I noticed on one of those cards, I daresay more people could have put it on there, but one of those cards was the pull of the world. Well it’s very, very real. And especially is it real when young people are growing up and it’s very easy to get your emotions, your thoughts, your affections, in particular, and so engaged in something that you want out of life that just seems like that’s the thing that you need to be seeking after…that becomes the treasure of your heart, whether it has to do with money or not.

I mean, it could simply be your desire for a mate, your desire for a husband, your desire for a wife, or a boyfriend or a girlfriend, I guess, in our society. You don’t wait for the other, you just…there’s just that intense desire and longing…and self-image I noticed was on one of those things. Well that’s rampant. People are just measuring themselves by society’s standards and who measures up? I mean, our Madison Avenue advertising is all based upon the beautiful people, and we look in the mirror and we know we’re not one of them.

( laughter ).

And so, well, if we’d only use this product, all of that would be solved. But, you can see where there’s just constantly this message coming from the world that is shaping our desires if we allow it to do it. But those that truly follow Jesus cannot have an undivided heart.

Now you think about what people were seeking that came to Jesus. Now I know some them were seeking healing and God was merciful to them and His Son healed them. But you remember the occasion when…Jesus was actually, I think He was across the Lake of Galilee, wasn’t He? Wasn’t He in a foreign country? I didn’t take time to look this up, but anyway, He was over there and it was quite a long time…it was a matter of two or three days and great crowds of people were listening to Him talk. And they came to the end of that and He realized these people are gonna faint if we just say, good-bye and it’s been nice seeing you, and go home…that they didn’t have enough strength to get there and so the point was made, let’s feed them.

And everybody remembers the story in John chapter 6 about how Jesus used this occasion to teach something to the disciples about faith and about the provision of God. And so they wound up with only one little boy’s lunch, five loaves and two small fishes and, of course, the disciples immediately looked at the natural side of that and said, yeah, we’ve got this, but what are they among so many? So Jesus just said, make the people sit down. And so He prayed and He asked God’s blessing, and you remember the story of how they not only fed everybody all that they wanted to eat, they wound up taking up twelve baskets full at the end. And so God showed His power and His willingness to provide for needs.

But those people…some of them wanted to make Him a king, some of them kept coming around and Jesus said, you’re not seeking me for this, you’re seeking Me because you ate the loaves and you were filled. So many different motivations people have in coming to God. And you see that in the land today. You see people who are…they come to a place of need in their lives, maybe there’s a broken relationship, maybe they’re struggling financially, maybe there’s some dreaded disease and they’re gonna come to God and say, oh God, maybe You’re the answer to fixing what’s wrong with my life.

But look at what Jesus is teaching in this passage about priorities and about what it is that we need to seek. And there’s a lot of people that come to God, as I say, with a kind of conditional approach…God I will serve You, if You will ‘you fill in the blank.’ And all anybody is doing is saying, God I’m not really about You, I’m not really interested in serving You, I’m really interested in what my life is focused on. And so as long as You will do what I want and You will be my ‘Genie in the sky’ and fill my…or my Santa Clause and fill my stocking and any illustration you want to use, then I’ll serve You.

But is that what God is looking for? Oh my. He has so much different for us. And think about…just step back from this situation and think about who it is that’s talking here. We are told in the scriptures that the one who stood before them giving them this teaching was actually the Creator. Back in the beginning, it was by Him that the Father created all things. So this is Somebody who created galaxies, who created all of life, who created the earth, who created everything upon it, and He created it in a perfect state. It was not in the corrupted form that we see now.

This was somebody who knew intimately the Father’s design in making men. And so many people and so many Christians are affected by this. So many people live without an understanding of why it is that we were made to begin with. Why are we here? What’s the purpose behind all of life? And so Jesus is looking at things from that viewpoint…He’s realizing that this life is just very, very, very temporary, very, very short…that God’s original intention is to have a people that He can love who are like Him in their character.

I mean, think about what it would be to be like Him in our spirit, in our heart, in our character…to have our lives defined by love, joy and peace, and meaning and purpose and all the things that go with being a Son of the Most High God. I mean, what an awesome thing to get even a grasp that that’s true and that that’s so, and that’s what God’s motivation is in everything that He tells us…is to bring us into a realization of the original purpose for which He made us.

And so here’s Jesus, His eyes are single, as it says in the King James, His eyes are good. He is seeing things aright. He is seeing things in the eyes, in the light of eternity itself. And so He is able to look with a perspective that these people around Him did not have. They thought money was the answer to everything. If you’re poor, oh God, if I just had enough money, life would be great.

Well, I think you just have to look around and realize that’s not the case. Some of the most miserable people in the world are the richest people in the world. And you have how many of their stories have there been over the decades and over the ages of rich people who had it all and wound up just committing suicide…there’s no meaning, there’s no purpose, they didn’t discover anything, any meaning in it. And of course, what happens when they get to the end, they get to leave it all behind, don’t they, for their heirs to squabble over, because they think it’s important, too?

Oh my God, give us the perspective on our lives. Young people, you need this growing up! You need to understand why you’re here and who you are and what God made you for. He made you to love Him. He made you to be loved with a love you can’t even imagine. He’s a good God. He’s a merciful God. He’s an awesome God. He’s presented here as somebody who feeds the sparrows, isn’t He, in the passage that just follows this? Here’s your heavenly Father, He takes care of sparrows. Now Someone who takes care of sparrows, isn’t He gonna take care of you? How little do we trust, how little do we understand of His love and His perspective.

But oh, there are so many of the people that heard Him that all they could see was this world. That’s a pretty good expression, pretty good example of what Jesus is talking about when He says, “But if your eyes are bad….” Well, what is it to have bad eyes from the point of view of the spiritual? It’s not to be able to see God--not to able to understand His purposes…to try to live your life with an earthly perspective.

I guarantee, I don’t care what you do, what you accomplish, what men think of you, how they worship you, if they do, your life will be filled with darkness, with a lack of true meaning in the light of eternity. You will come to the end of your life one day and die and that will be it, except to face Jesus Christ on the Judgment Day. That sounds like darkness to me.

Oh God, help every one of us to understand the priorities in our lives, because this affects, as I say, it affects people who would come to God. There has to come a point in every single life where you understand what life is about, and when you get that right, then everything else that matters tends to find its place--it does find its place. In fact, you come through to the end of this passage where He talks about, don’t worry about your life. By the way, April’s card in that particular video…I already have dibs on that one.

( laughter ).

You know, we all have our own little things that we need to fight and anxiety is one of mine, so praise God! See I need to learn to come in here and just rest in the Lord and realize that He’s able to do His work in spite of me, because He sure is.

( laughing ).

If He does anything, it’s in spite of all of us. But thank God! But he warns about worrying and about making that the focus of your life. Oh, I’ve got to get this, I’ve got to get that, I’ve got to get the other. He says, why do you worry about all this stuff? Look at the lilies, verse 28. “See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

But the key is right here. What are you seeking? “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” That sounds like a pretty positive promise to me, doesn’t it to you? Praise God! Seek first His kingdom! The fact is, if your heart is divided--if any person’s heart is divided, and they’re saying, this is my goal, this is my dream in life. I’m going after my dream. That’s what everybody tells me I ought to do. I have this interest. I have this ability. I’m going for my dream, but I’m also gonna serve God.

Guess what? It doesn’t work. God is going to see to it that you will have to face a choice! You cannot serve God and anything else, including ourselves. One of the keys to following Jesus is that we say no, not only to things around us, but we say no to our own life, also.

( congregational response ).

There is a surrender to His purpose. Now are we talking about surrendering to somebody who is just a big bully, who just wants to control us and manipulate us and make us bow and scrape and do all these things…and it’s for His benefit and not ours? That’s the glorious thing.

You know, I was thinking that the theme this week was the life of David. You know I was thinking, several times this week the thought has come to me, isn’t it interesting and shouldn’t we take note of the fact that the people in the scriptures who were the closest to God, who knew the most about Him, who had the deepest experience with Him, loved Him, trusted Him? Doesn’t that say something about the character of the God that we’re called upon to trust. They didn’t get to a point where they said, well, I’m afraid not to do this, you know, I’m walking on eggs here, I know I should do this, but oh the closer I get, the more frightened I get. Is that the way it is?

( congregational response ).

No. The closer people get to God, the more they know about Him, the freer they get, the more full of the joy of the Lord they get! The more…wow, this is incredible, it’s just opening up like…what a vision of something so far beyond what this world is just scrabbling around in the dust about. Oh what an awesome God we serve and how wonderful, how full of joy it is when you know Him.

Isn’t that what you get from the life of David? Praise God! A man after God’s own heart! So the very people that gave themselves the most to God, were the ones who were the freest, who were the ones who had the most joy, the most purpose in life. Shouldn’t that give us a picture of what God seeks from us? He doesn’t seek to dominate or destroy, or suppress, or all these things…oh God, He seeks to give us life, as Jesus said, and life more…

( congregational response ).

…Abundantly, John chapter 10. The thief comes to kill and destroy, but I am come that you might life and might have it to the full, I think it says in other translations. Oh, thank God. God help every one of us. You know, I remember noticing on one of those cards, somebody quoted the scripture in James. I think this was the one…I’ll just refer to it. But where…no, let’s turn over, because it does use an expression that matters.

James chapter 1, verse 5, “If any of you lacks wisdom…” And I guess we all do. “…He should ask God…” You don’t run to the internet, you don’t run to your friends and get their opinion on everything. That’s the problem. We’ve got a lot of kids that are raising kids. I mean, what’s defining their world view, what’s defining how they see things and what they value, is what their peers value!

God is wanting to raise up a generation — you don’t have to be hateful, you don’t have to be holier-than-thou, in fact you shouldn’t be. But God is wanting to raise up a generation that loves Him, that serves Him without shame, that gets your self-image, that gets your sense of everything from Him in your relationship to Him. You don’t have to fit in. What was it that Jim said last week? God is not looking for young people to fit in, but to stand out. Well, He’s the only One that can make us do that.

But oh, what a joy it is to stand out and not just fit in, because I’ll tell you, what you’re fitting in to is not good. I mean, didn’t Paul say…talk about being transformed by the renewing of our minds. He says, don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed. So there’s the thing. We’re either gonna be conformed, we’re gonna be made like them, we’re gonna think like them, we’re gonna act like them and re-act like them, or God’s gonna change the way that we think, the way that we look at everything, and we’re gonna be able to see things, see life through God’s eyes and we will be different. And that will be a good thing.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. God deliver us from being double minded.

You know, I’m afraid that many times when people come to God, they’ve got something, as I say, their affections are engaged in. I want a husband. I want a wife. Or it could be anything, but those are pretty common examples. And so as long as…what happens is, they’ll go along and they’ll serve God in an expectation, God’s gonna do this, God’s gonna do this. But really when God looks at their heart, that’s the thing that’s driving them. It’s not serving God first. It’s not seeking His kingdom first. It’s not living with a heavenly vision, it’s living…it’s going through the outward motions of serving God in hopes of gaining something! I hope you see the difference.

And what happens after a while, in many cases is they get tired of waiting on God and say, well I guess He’s not gonna come across, so I’m gonna do it myself. And all that does is make manifest the real motivations of the heart. I’ll tell you when somebody gives Christ their life, they give Him their life, and they lay every issue on the altar because they trust in a heavenly Father who can do no wrong, who is defined by the word ‘love.’ He defines the word ‘love.’ It’s not like we define Him. He defines what love is.

And, you think about the patriarchs and you think about the people in the Bible and the difficult things that many of them had to go through and yet there was a sense of trust. There was a sense that, I don’t care what happens. I don’t care what the devil’s gonna do. Anybody remember that song? Praise God! You know, we sing many of the right things, but God is wanting to get our thinking and our motivation and our vision of what life is about, in line with what His Word says, starting with me.

This is true for every one of us. I’ll tell you, if we get our lives focused on what Jesus said. Seek first His kingdom. That’s it! That’s the one thing I do! Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…all the rest, God will take care of that. He’ll give us what we need and everything that’s good and right in His purpose and His plan, God will take care of that. We can trust Him. You know, I think about Paul and his own testimony in Philippians 3 where he says, one thing I do. What was that one thing?

( congregational response ).

It was pressing forward. It was forgetting what was behind. It was pressing forth to prize of the high calling of God. You know, if you’ve never seen, never really apprehended the height of the calling of God upon your life and what it means for Him to single you out and set His love upon you and set a vision of eternity in your heart…if you’ve never seen that, my God, I pray that God will open hearts and open eyes.

There is nothing…Paul before that was Saul the Pharisee living to advance himself in the Jews religion. He was trying to be the best, as I said before, the best Pharisee that ever existed. And boy, there was one day, he saw Jesus, and his world completely flipped around. Everything he had seen before and everything he had valued before, suddenly looked ugly to him. It looked worthless. It looked like a bunch of trash, a bunch of earthly stuff that he could easily let go. Oh, I’ve seen Him. How can I love that anymore? That’s what it really means to come to Christ. That’s what it’s about. Praise God!

You know, Jesus said…I think it was this other occasion where He’d…the Jews had derided Him--the Pharisees had derided Him or sneered at Him about His comment about they couldn’t serve both. But Jesus said, “…that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” (KJV).

You know, I read a quote recently…and I don’t know if I can get it exactly right. I think I can get the essence of it. It was from C.S. Lewis. Does anybody know who C.S. Lewis is? He was an English intellectual that came from atheism to faith, and is known for writing the Narnia Chronicles, but many other things, as well. But he was quite the philosopher. But one thing he said about his own testimony, if I can remember, at least approximately — I believe in God like I believe in the sunrise. It’s not just that I see the sun, but it’s by the sun I see everything else.

And I’ll tell you, that’s what’s involved in seeing God. We don’t only see Him, but when His light dawns, all of a sudden, it shows us the reality of what everything else is about. And suddenly we see the vanity of this life. You don’t have to make rules. We have something in our heart that just turns and looks at that thing and says, my God, what was I…why did I think that was so important? Why couldn’t I trust God with that?