by Rex Yancey

The Secret of Great Living
Rex Yancey
Romans 1:14-16

Alfred Adler, one of the fathers of modern psychology, said that the need to do something significant, to realize greatness, is one of the driving forces of life. He further said that this drive lies at the root of ambition, individual initiative, and the desire to achieve.

There are two problems with this. First, what constitutes true greatness? Obviously it is more than just becoming known beyond the circle of your family and friends, or just getting one's name in a history book.

Charles Manson, the mass murderer, became known nation wide and Adolph Hitler's name is certainly in the history books of the twentieth century. But no one in his right mind would call either of these men great.

Second, we must know how to live the great life. These two problems are interrelated. If a person's definition of greatness is wrong, then his means of achieving greatness will also be wrong.

The Apostle Paul was a great man. Paul was responsible for three significant, history shaping achievements. First, he changed the course of the Christian faith and rescued it from the fate of being a sect in Judaism, and made it a world embracing faith. Second, he planted churches in many of the great cities of the ancient world. Third, He was used of God to give us a large part of our New Testament.

How did Paul achieve this greatness? The text supplies the answer. Notice with me Paul's attitude about life, his availability for service, and his appreciation of value.

Paul wrote, "I am a debtor." The apostle felt a sense of responsibility for other people. This debtor ship was all-inclusive for it encompassed Greeks and Barbarians, the wise and foolish.

Why did he feel he was a debtor?

1. Because of the experience he had.
He had been born again. He had witnessed a great change in his own life. It is an oxymoron for a person to profess Christ on one hand an ...

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