WHO'S IN CHARGE?
43-44 Jesus said, “Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End.
There is a major point of offense in Jesus if you think that you are in charge of the world. Jesus says that God is in charge and is leading people to His Son. All of our opinions and arguments are not resolving anything. God’s opinion is what really matters. Your opinion, not so much… Skandalon!
Dave Faulkner, a British pastor writes:
We can ask ‘What’s in it for me?’ and the answer will be about salvation from the penalty of sin, the practice of sin and the presence of sin. But to ask that question alone is to indulge in religious consumerism. Because the Father makes the first move there is another question: ‘What’s in it for God?’ And the answer involves him incorporating us into the People of God, because his desire has always been to form a people for himself, a new community that lives under his kingly reign. And therefore we must rise to the challenge and make the Church just such a community, instead of fighting and plotting against one another, and settling for cliques instead of community.
( Dave Faulkner, http://bigcircumstance.com/2009/08/17/sermon-offended-by-jesus/ )