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Make it count!

Galatians 6:4–5 (CSB)Let each person examine his own work, and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load.

Galatians 6:4-5 (message) “make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, And then sink yourself into that. don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”

You were created to be part of something big.

You get to choose to waste your life and your purpose or fulfill your life and purpose. What’s it going to be?

“make your life count.”

Ecclesiastes 7:4 NLT “a wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.“

Psalm 90:12 TLB “teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us spend them as we should.”

What about you? Are you living a life that makes God the hero? Will you allow God to use your one and only life to make a difference for him? Will you redirect, focus, and maximize all he has given you for his glory?

Acts 20:24 “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-The task of testifying to the gospel of God‘s grace.“

Romans 14:12 “each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

Mark 12:30- 31 “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.“

You don’t get but one life to live before eternity.

James 1:22, 25 “don’t just listen to God‘s word. You must do what it says…If you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.“

Three major choices you must make if you want to make your life count.

  • One, surrender your life completely to God, in Christ, through the Spirit.

Romans 12:1 “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God‘s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. that is your spiritual act of worship.“

Romans 6:13 “give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.“

John 14:15 “if you love me, obey my commandments.”

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.“

Where is God in your life right now?

There are only three possibilities: outside your life, inside your life, or at the center of your life.

  1. When God is outside our lives, he has no chance to finish his good work.

  2. When God is inside our lives, he will control only what we give to him.

  3. When God is at the center, given full access, he can begin his work of restoring our broken lives.

Where is God in your life?

“God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God‘s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. And I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God re-wrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes“ Psalm 18:20 (paraphrase).

“count yourself blessed, how happy you must be —you get a fresh start. Your slates wiped clean“ Psalm 32:1 (paraphrase).

The surrendered life is the significant life.

  1. Purpose for living.

“I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth“ Exodus 9:16

“we are God‘s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do“ Ephesians 2:10.

“many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord‘s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21.

  1. Peace of mind.

“peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be trouble and do not be afraid“ John 14:27.

3.Perspective for living.

“let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” Romans 12:2 NLT.

4.Power to persevere.

God does not promise us a pain-free life, but he does promise us the power to finish life faithful and fulfilled.

5.Plan to live out.

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future“ Jeremiah 29:11.

The self centered life is a diseased life marked by several symptoms.

Three symptoms:

1.Frustration of the mind.

Romans 12:1-2 “I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship God. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you Think. Then you will learn to know God‘s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect“.

2.Fatigue of heart.

3.Fear of life.

The fearful, self-centered person clings to his life, which he or she cannot keep. the surrendered person rests in God‘s promise of eternal life. Which are you?

Are you making your life count?

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