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The Comfort Zone…Where We Are Really Uncomfortable

Worldly Wisdom vs. Godly Grace

2 Corinthians 1:12-14 (p. 803) September 25, 2016

Introduction:

[During the 1924 US Open Gold Championship at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, Bobby Jones was paired with Walter Hagen in the first round…on the 4th hole Jones drove his ball in the rough off the tee. As he addresses his ball to hit it, he quickly backed off…and turned to Hagin and said, “It moved…I’m going to access myself a one stroke penalty…Hagin begged him not to…officials came in and surveyed the crowd. No one had seen the ball move…so it came down to Bobby Jones’ assessment. He said, “I saw it move…and that’s enough.”

Jones fought back over the next 3 days and on the final hole he had a five foot putt to tie Willie Macfarland…Surprisingly he missed the putt and lost the open by one stroke.]

Bobby Jones won multiple majors…dozens of tournaments and important matches…but it was his integrity that propelled him to national prominence.

The word integrity has this meaning at it’s very core…you are honest no matter what.

No matter whose looking…no matter what the circumstances…Truth is more important than consequences.

General Michael Flynn said, “The truth never fears any questions.”

This is what the Apostle Paul is talking about in our text…This is what I’m proud of…and my conscience verifies it…We have lived with integrity in the world and in our relationships with people in the church. We haven’t been fake…we’ve been real…sincere.

This isn’t the easiest thing for any of us to do…but the Apostle Paul tells us how…He says we made this choice.

I. WE RELIED ON GOD’S GRACE NOT WORLDLY WISDOM

Worldly wisdom says, “No one else saw it move.” “No one else will know what you’re doing…after all everyone does it.”

Shut the door…cheat a little if you need to…Parse your words…Lie if you get in trouble…look out for yourself.

The world’s philosophy is “the ends justify the means…and it’s only wrong if you get caught.”

Satan the father of lies…speaks this way as his native language…Sin has consequences and he hides this truth…and he hides how hard it is to break away from it.

[While in Baton Rouge we were working at a couple named EJ and Samantha’s house…tearing out drywall, cabinets…sinks and plumbing and flooring…In one of the rooms we were trying to rip out a pergo wood floor that had been put down by gluing it with liquid nails to a concrete floor…for 4 1/2 hours we beat on that floor with sledge hammers and pry bars…removing small sections at a time…most of the time it would splinter and only a portion of the piece would come up…It was hot…humid and hard…EJ said “Man, I wish it was as easy to pry up as it was to put down.”]


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