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Descending (4 of 4)
Series: CUL-DE-SAC: Keeping The Suburbs From Stealing Your Soul
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Rom. 12: 2 (The Msg)
1. I STEP DOWN WHEN I STOP COMPARING MYSELF
• Rom. 12:16,17 (The Msg)
• 2 Cor. 10:12 (NIV)
2. I STEP DOWN WHEN I SERVE EXPECTING NOTHING IN RETURN
• Matt. 23:11-12 (NIV)
This is where we are all trying to get to - the top of the ladder. Whether it's the top of the corporate ladder or the top of the Little League ladder, we all want to make it to the top in whatever we do. But there are some real perils on the ladder of success. First, there is something seductive about the ladder of success. Once you start climbing up the ladder you begin to get obsessed with what it's going to be like once you finally make it to the top. So much so that you don't even notice the rungs along the way and you miss out on life, because life is not in the destination, life is found in the journey. Another pitfall on the ladder of success is once you make it to the top, it's really stressful trying to stay on top because there is always somebody trying to knock you off your perch. There is an old saying that when you meet people on your way to the top be really nice to them because those are the same people you will meet on your way back down. It's true. Did you ever play the game King of the Hill when you were a kid? You would run up a hill or a pile of dirt and you would proclaim, I'm the king of the hill. Nobody can take me. Then your friends would charge you and try to push you off so they could be king of the hill because there is only room for one king of the hill. Well, as adults, we still play King of the Hill and we do it all the time. We are all striving to make it to the top of the hill. We are all striving to climb to the top of the ladder and many times we are not too worried about who we bump off the ladder when we get there. But God wants us to understand there is still only room for one King of the hill - God. But there is another pitfall on the ladder of success. You may climb the ladder of success and take it all the way to the top and discover the ladder was up against the wrong wall the whole time and it didn't bring fulfillment and meaning and happiness like you thought it would. But, don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with money and position. It's just that those things have absolutely nothing to do with true success. We've got it backwards. That's the real problem. The Bible says we've got it backwards. The Bible says the way you make it to the top has nothing to do with climbing up, but everything to do with stepping down. We think that we have to ascend to greatness, but the Bible says we descend into greatness.