by Jeff Strite

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Where Is Your Worth? (1 of 5)
Series: Living Like Jesus
Jeff Strite
Matthew 23:1-12

OPEN: ''Sometime, when you're feeling important
Sometime, when your ego's in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You're the best qualified man in the room.

Sometime when you feel that your going, would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction, and see how it humbles your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it, up to your wrist,
Pull it out, and the hole that's remaining,
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.

You may splash all you please when you enter,
You can stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you'll find in a minute that it looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example is do just the best that you can
Be proud of yourself, but remember, there is no indispensable man.''

APPLY: We all want to think that we're indispensable.
That we have value. That the world NEEDS us.
In fact, when I was a kid I took that belief that the world needed me to the extreme.

Now this is how my young mind worked:
When I went to bed at night and went to sleep, the world stopped.
And what was more, I believed that BEFORE I was born the world didn't exist.
And when I would die, the world would cease to exist.

Now, why would I think that?
Well I thought that because, when I was asleep I couldn't see things, feel things, hear things. And how can they exist if I don't know they observe them? And before I was born, the things I was TOLD had happened, well I had never seen those things or heard them or touched them so they couldn't possibly have happened.
And of course after I die, well if I don't experience the world it doesn't exist.

Everything that existed depended upon MY observing them. And when I stop observing them, they would cease to exist.

Now was that true?
Of course not!

But the very fact that my little childlike mind perceived my value made me realize something that W ...

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