It Profiteth Little To Nothing

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (


I. Introduction:

A. We should want to make sure that our labor is not in vain (I Corinthians 15:58; cf. Revelation 14:13).

1. For example, I should not be “religious” if I am not going to control my tongue (James 1:26).

2. As another example, of many we could state, I should know better than to trust in man (Psalms 60:11 and Psalms 108:12).

B. The Bible shows us that what profits us is what motivates our decisions (in both good and bad ways)…

1. Genesis 25:29-34; cf. Hebrews 12:15-17.

2. Job 21:15; 34:9-11; 35:3; cf. I Peter 1:9.

3. Ecclesiastes 1:3; cf. Ecclesiastes 5:18 and Psalms 49:10.

4. Matthew 8:23-25; cf. Psalms 109:26.


II. Body: It is good to know if something is vain or not (i.e. Jeremiah 3:20-25).

A. It profiteth a man nothing to make dumb [mute] idols (Habakkuk 2:18).

1. Many, even of our day trust in idols, yet idolatry is vain (Jeremiah 10:1-16).

2. Regardless of the type of idol that you may be tempted to serve (Colossians 3:5), run from it (I Corinthians 10:14 and I John 5:21).

B. The flesh profiteth nothing (John 6:63).

1. For one, we’re supposed to crucify the flesh (Galatians 5:24; cf. Romans 6:6).

2. All that people do in the flesh, for the flesh, only provides temporary “satisfaction” (Ecclesiastes 6:1-12, Isaiah 47:8-9, and Hebrews 11:24-25).

3. However, the word of God gives us that which benefits us for all eternity (Acts 20:32 and James 1:21).

C. Bodily [physical] exercise profiteth little (I Timothy 4:8).

1. Surely, we’re to take care of our bodies (I Corinthians 6:20).

2. That being said, we cannot keep ourselves from dying [unless Christ comes first] (II Samuel 14:14, Psalms 89:48, Ecclesiastes 12:7, and Hebrews 9:27).

a. Even the strongest of men perish (Ecclesiastes 9:11 and Amos 9:9-16).

b. Moreover, we shouldn’t be consumed with trying to be outwardly attractive (Proverbs 31:30).  *There’s a balance here (I Corinthians 7:32-34).

3. Thus, we focus MORE on godliness to provide now (Psalms 4:3) and for eternal life for the SOUL (John 5:28-29).


III. Conclusion: Let’s conclude by reminding ourselves where our best “benefit package” lies (Psalms 68:19).



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