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Many Good Works Doesn’t Equal Greater Rewards
Outline by Brian A. Yeager
A. Most people measure greatness because of how many things a person can do (Luke 18:9-14).
1. Many love to be recognized for their good works (Matthew 6:5; Matthew 6:16).
2. It is not your own righteousness that matters (Philippians 3:4-15).
B. God doesn’t measure honorableness the way the world does (Luke 7:36-50 and I Corinthians 12:18-25).
1. He that is least in the kingdom (Matthew 11:7-14).
2. If you are great, you’ll serve rather than be honored (Matthew 20:20-28).
3. Understand also, righteous people could care a less about HOW MUCH you do, they’re measuring your fruit (Luke 6:43-46).
II. Body: Matthew 20:1-16
A. How much you put forth doesn’t make you greater (Mark 12:41-44).
1. Peter, amongst others, gave up much for Jesus (Luke 5:1-11).
a. Did that gain him some slack (Matthew 14:23-32)?
b. Did that make him excusable (Mark 8:31-38)?
2. We can fall into the trap of thinking we are something we are not (Galatians 6:3).
B. People (including oneself) are not the measuring stick (II Corinthians 10:12-18).
1. Prove your own work (Galatians 6:4).
2. Make sure in proving your own work you do not justify yourself (Proverbs 16:2-3 and James 1:21-25) rather than properly measuring yourself (Lamentations 3:40).
C. Contrary to carnal wisdom, God measures what you do not by the amount you do, but by how you use the abilities He gave you (Luke 19:12-27).
1. He gave us our abilities to use to HIS glory (I Peter 4:11).
2. If you’ve been given much, much is expected (Luke 12:42-48).
D. Why would we account for the “good” we do for God and others anyway? Is our service about “payback” (Luke 6:34-35 and Luke 14:12-14) or notoriety (Matthew 23:1-6)?
1. Is a humble person a glory seeker (I Peter 5:5-6)?
2. When we do what we are supposed to do, there’s no glory to be sought after (I Corinthians 9:16-27).
3. We are to recognize God’s grace and not be boastful of what we do (Ephesians 2:1-10 and II Timothy 1:8-10).
4. If you’re going to glory, glory in the Lord rather than yourself (Jeremiah 9:23-24 and Galatians 6:14).
III. Conclusion: When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do (Luke 17:7-10).
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