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What Really Matters in Life (20 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
I suspect that one of the reasons [Christians] are so ineffective in evangelism is that we are so much like the people around us that we have very little to which we can call them. . . As a result. . . Christianity is reduced to little more than a spiritual crutch to help us through the minefields of the upwardly mobile life. . .God has become a co- conspirator in our agendas instead of our becoming a co-conspirator in His. . . (Tom Sine).
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil (1 Pet. 3.12).
Introduction: Three things that really matter in life
What really matters in life. . . to you?
If I asked you what you believe are the top three things that most matter in life, what would you say? Our parents generation might have said God, family, and apple pie. The vacuum cleaner salesman we just saw might say money, sex, and power. Those in the MTV age might say Oprah, Phil, and Geraldo! Not many people would say that temporal things like sports and money-making and celebrities are the most important things in life--they just act like it.
This is an important question because what you truly value in life is often what you'll wind up getting. Be sure, then, that what really matters to you is what really matters! Jesus Christ taught us what really matters in Matthew 16.24- 27:
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
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