It Matters

2 Corinthians 10:12–18 (NKJV)  12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you.

What is your standard?
Your own opinion?
Your peers’ performance?
Your own sphere of influence?
God’s sphere for you!
Never say, “I’m not any worse as So-and-So,” or “If he is going to heaven, I know I am.”
What matters is your relationship with God.
How does the Lord view you?

14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, 16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.

Don’t worry about what others are doing.
Don’t just get excited about another’s service or success.
It is important to earn your own!

17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Don’t think that your opinion of yourself matters.
Don’t think that others’ opinion of you matters.
Don’t compare yourself to others: that standard is too low!
It matters that God be pleased.

2 Corinthians 10:17–18 (NLT)
17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
18 When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.

Philippians 2:12–18 (NLT)
12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Work Hard
Show the Results
Obey God
Reverence Him
Let God Transform You

14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. 17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.

Don’t complain
Live innocently and cleanly
Know the Word
Serve Faithfully
Rejoice

What Matters?

Your personal devotion (Bible reading, prayer)
Your relationships (family, friends, church)
Your worship
Your service to the kingdom

Takeaway Thoughts

What is Your Standard?
The Standard is God’s Expectations
The Important Thing is to Please God
So What You Do, Every Day, All Day, Matters!

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