Make Your Life Count
What Is Your Life?
- Existence (your individual, personal, unique, immortal, self-knowing soul that only God knows).
- Performance (privileges, opportunities, and responsibilities for you to do or accomplish things).
- Relationships (soul, spirit, heart for potential to know God and love others at a soul level).
- Experiences (exposure to many things – spiritual/natural, pleasure/pain, profit/perversion etc.).
- Contrary to evolution, we are not animals – you have a soul, spirit, and heart different from them.
- You were not asked about having life; but you have it, and you should make the most of it.
What Does It Mean to Make Your Life Count?
- Some say … make a difference in the world.
- or, fulfill your purpose better than most.
- or, I want to add value to the world, or to others.
- or, I want to enjoy life to its fullest without sorrow.
- or, I want to be successful by as many measures as possible.
- This is the most important subject we can consider … what will you do with your life?
- Solomon wrote inspired philosophy for life, and he appealed to you to think about it (Eccl 12:1).
Who Gave You Your Life?
- God did.
- This is one of the most basic and important things for you to consider daily.
- Children should be taught this from the earliest ages of comprehension.
- Your next 10 seconds of consciousness or life for another year are gifts from God.
Why Did He Give You Life?
- For Himself (Prov 16:4). What does this mean? How will He get glory from your life?
- For His own pleasure (Rev 4:11). What does this mean? How will He get pleasure from your life?
- He did not give you your life for you (this is very important to think rightly about your life.).
Who Should Measure Your Life?
- Should not the Creator’s purpose for your life be the only and most important measure?
- How can we allow others, who began life dirtying themselves and who hate God, pressure us?
- Why should those who are their way to hell and live according to the devil and lies measure us?
Who Tries to Measure Your Life?
- The world (the evil society, lifestyle, and pressures all around us of those that hate God).
- The devil (the personal spirit enemy of your soul that hates God and your true success).
- Your flesh (your inward lusts and thoughts that are depraved and hateful of God and destructive).
How Does the World Try to Measure Your Life?
- By peer pressure (seeing and hearing those your age and wanting to be accepted or successful).
- By advertising (constant assault by the media of what you should have, should look like, etc.).
- By “stars” (actors, actresses, athletes, politicians, rich men, models, cool guys at school, etc.).
- By lifestyle (the way the world lives with their priorities, pleasures, practices, popularity, etc.).
How Does the Devil Try to Measure Your Life?
- Bad ideas and goals for your life (like fiery darts according to Eph 6:16 that are quenched by faith).
- Doubts and discouragement (godliness is not worth it; you cannot do it; there will be no fun).
- Lies (you can have the world and God both, Christians can have a few sins and still be okay).
How Does Your Flesh Try to Measure Your Life?
- Imaginations (what you could be … want to be … should be … for your own pleasure).
- Listener (agreeable to the world’s ideas and the devil’s suggestions).
- Lusts (the cravings of your body for various pleasures and excesses).
What Does the World Say Is Making Your Life Count?
- Getting a great education at a great school for academic superiority.
- Living in a big house, driving fine cars, and sending children to elite schools.
- Working in a research lab to find the cure for AIDS or illiteracy or obesity, etc.
- Getting involved in politics and helping get your party’s candidate elected.
- Joining the Peace Corp and traveling the world to drill wells for lazy nations.
- Being happy … having fun … doing what you want to do … being free … no rules, etc.
What Does the Devil Say Is Making Your Life Count?
- The same things that the world says, since they are following the devil (Eph 2:1-3).
- Following your heart and doing whatever makes you happy.
- Not letting others, especially parents or pastors, tell you what is important.
- Satisfying all your lusts for their good feelings (remember Jesus and stones to bread).
- Looking at the glory available in the world and seeking it (remember Jesus and kingdoms).
- Using others’ sins as an excuse to presume on grace (remember Jesus and falling from temple).
What Does Your Flesh Say Is Making Your Life Count?
- Make as much money as you possibly can to be financially impressive and powerful.
- Get into politics and be important wherever you go as an official in government.
- Be as attractive and fit as I can be to be envied and desired by others.
- Be important by a prestigious position in a big company with a fancy title.
- Have as many friends as possible that like me and make life exciting and happy.
- Have people think I am cool, fun, nice, and a good listener … a special person.
Who Tried All the Things the World, the Devil, and the Flesh Desire?
- Solomon (incredible superiority in ability, privilege, opportunity, power, person, etc).
- He had every advantage the world, the devil, and the flesh could possibly ever desire.
- Everything the world, the devil, and your flesh dreams of … he had more than anyone, ever!
- God raised up this man and allowed him his experiences so he could write and warn you.
- His conclusions should be the most important lessons that you can learn about life.
What Was Solomon’s Conclusion?
- It was all vanity (empty, wasted, worthless, profitless, without value … it did not count!).
- It was vexation of spirit (painful, troublesome, irritating, frustrating, disappointing).
- Not only were all the things he tried worthless … they caused him pain getting and keeping them!
- How in the world will you find value and pleasure … since you cannot come close to Solomon?
- Does having a king write you a letter to help your life count mean anything to you? Believe him!
What Were Other Problems with Success?
- You will never be satisfied, because you will want more, more, more (Eccl 5:10).
- More money … more education … more promotion … prettier wife … bigger house, etc.
- You will never arrive at where you are the best, because someone or many will be yet better.
- Once you achieve something, you will be scared of losing it and be unable to rightly enjoy it.
- Once you achieve something, you know you will leave it behind at death to a fool that will lose it.
How Does God Measure Your Life?
- The Bible (what it says about true success and what is pleasing to God)
- Fruit (the spiritual results of your life that are visible and helpful to you and others).
- Parents and pastors (how God’s representatives in your life assess your performance).
How Do Good Men Measure Your Life?
- They measure the same way as God does, because that is why they are good men.
- They can read the Bible and see how you compare to God’s measures of a life.
- They know the fruit of a successful life and they can see if you have any.
- They hear the assessment of parents and pastors about you and your life.
Who in the Bible Made Their Lives Count?
- Enoch (walked with God … with no mention of money, status, wife, house, job, etc.).
- Joseph (faithful in four stages … father, Potiphar, prison, Pharaoh).
- Paul (labored in the kingdom more than any other … but no money, wife, golf, etc.).
- David (delighted in God and tried to build temple … led Israel, wrote Psalms, etc.).
- Mary Magdalene (loved Jesus Christ and followed him … what husband, house, etc.?).
- Esther (she could have died for her request or been alienated from her husband).
- Ruth (she chose a different language, culture, nation, family, friends, religion, etc.).
Who in the Bible Wasted Their Lives?
- Lot (chose Sodom of the world and ruined his family).
- Demas (left Paul because he loved this present world).
- Solomon (greatest wisdom made him the greatest fool for falling for his exotic wives).
- Rich, young ruler (had so much going for him, but would not be a true disciple of Jesus).
Who out of the Bible Made Their Lives Count?
- William Tyndale (first Bible printed in English; died by burning for it).
- Countless martyrs who gave up this world’s pleasures … and their lives … for Christ.
- James Strong (Concordance), Orville Nave (Topical Bible), R.A. Torrey (Treasury).
- Online Bible creator and programmer (very high goals, effort, time … with little reward).
- Countless saints that had the testimony of Jesus Christ and kept His commandments.
- Countless women who feared God, loved their husbands, and loved their children.
Who out of the Bible Wasted Their Lives?
- Alexander the Great and George Washington and John F. Kennedy.
- Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
- Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and Donald Trump.
- Babe Ruth and Bill Russell and Michael Jordan.
- Anyone who lives and dies, no matter how successful, that does not put God and His kingdom first.
What Is God’s Measure of a Successful Life?
- Fearing God and keeping His commandments … from the king who tried it all (Eccl 12:13-14).
- Glorying in Him rather than three false standards the world promotes (Jer 9:23-24).
- Glorifying Him in body and spirit, because you are not your own (I Cor 6:19-20).
- Godliness with contentment …which is great gain … which is making your life count (I Tim 6:6).
- It can be summed up in two commandments … love God supremely and love others over self.
- “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:21).
- These six descriptions above, which could be multiplied many times, are the basis of a great life!
What Is God’s Measure of a Successful Guy?
- Holy and pure life by following God’s word against lusts of the flesh (Ps 119:9; II Tim 2:22).
- Gracious speech from a pure heart makes a man worthy of kings (Prov 22:11).
- Sober (Titus 2:6) … one of the hardest things for young men … but it leads to true greatness.
- Prudent to keep life in order and prepare properly before house, wife, etc. (Prov 24:27).
- Diligent in business … because God and men honor diligence and faithfulness (Prov 22:29).
- What is your CQ (character quotient), WQ (wisdom quotient), SQ (spirituality quotient)?
What Is God’s Measure of a Successful Girl?
- A meek and quiet spirit … is of great price … in whose opinion and measure (I Peter 3:3-4)?
- It is spiritual adornment, not great hair, clothes, or sparkling accessories that counts for a girl’s life.
- The virtuous woman (fear of the Lord resulting in marital and domestic diligence; Prov 31).
- The things older women should teach younger women (Titus 2:3-5).
- Modesty and good works that are becoming … beautifying (I Tim 2:9-10; 5:10).
- It is having love for Christ over any man on this earth or in heaven (Ps 73:25-26).
Who Lived the Greatest Life that Counted the Most?
- Jesus of Nazareth … who was born in total obscurity, lived in obscurity, and died at 33.
- How would the world measure Him? A total failure and to be despised by all worldly people.
- How does God measure Him? No comparison. He has been promoted to the top of the universe!
- How do good men measure Him? He is altogether lovely and infinitely superior by any measure.
What Should You Do Tonight to Start?
- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30-31).
- Confess your sins of worldly goals for your life (Prov 28:13; I John 1:9).
- Beg God to keep your priorities and passions right (Ps 119:36; Jas 4:2).
- Read, meditate, and pray to delight in God as the greatest goal of life (Job 22:21).
- Get rid of influences that seduce you away from God’s goals (Rom 13:14; I Cor 15:33).
- Honor your parents in every way that they desire or expect as God’s representatives (Eph 6:1-3).
- When in bed, tell God you love Him, and thank Him for giving you being to know Him.
- Whatever God has put in your path (home, school, job), do it with your might (Eccl 9:9).
- Do not fail to seek God in reading His word, meditating, praying, godly music, praise, etc.
- Do not fail to think of someone to write, call, or text to encourage them in the Lord.
For Further Study:
- There are many outlines from sermons, men’s meetings, ladies’ meetings, youth meetings, etc.
- There is the sermon series on Ecclesiastes that gives many lessons about the vanity of life.