by Rex Yancey

An End of the Year Inventory
Rex Yancey
Philippians 3:12-16

Business owners are busy at the end of the year taking inventory. This is a painful but necessary reality so they can know if they made a profit or not. They take the information they receive and make adjustments for the coming year.

As Christians, we need to stop at the end of the year and measure our progress. Sometime this is a very painful thing to do. But that is what I am going to ask you to do today.

Paul is taking inventory of his life in this passage of scripture. That is what I want us to do today.


1. Look

He was apprehended by the risen Christ. Jesus stopped him in his tracks. Jesus saved him; and Jesus sent him on his life's mission.

Several years had passed from his Damascus Road conversion when he wrote this. He is confessing that he has not arrived spiritually. But he is continuing the process.

I think it will do us all good to look back at the moment of our conversion. Jesus apprehended us. He saved us; and he gave us something to do.

I read where two monks were in a thunderstorm when they came to a swollen river. There was a Japanese woman there in her kimono who needed to cross the river but was afraid. One of the monks asked her, ''Can I help you?'' She told him she needed to cross the river. The monk picked her up and put her on his shoulders and carried her across the river and sat her down on the other side.

The two monks continued their journey to the monastery. One monk said to the other, ''I have a bone to pick with you. As monks we are not to look at or touch a woman, yet you did.'' The other monks said, ''My brother, I helped that woman across the river and put her down on the other side. But you are still carrying her in your mind!''

2. Learn

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. I have made mistakes in the past, and I have learned from those mistakes.

A foolish person keeps doing the ...

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