Pastor Steve Williams : Staying at the Top of Your Game

It's Not Just a Job · 36:33 · Recorded May 28, 2017

Staying At The Top Of Your Game

A careful balancing act

Ecclesiastes 7:18 (NIV) It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.

1. Practice healthy competition as well as respect for others.

James 3:16 (NIV) Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Galatians 5:15 (NIV) If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

It challenges your best performance.

It produces better service to others.

2. Cultivate worthy ambitions alongside inner contentment.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (HCSB) You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the LORD your God gives you the power to gain wealth.

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.

Consider: What am I reaching for?

1 Corinthians 7:17, 24 (MSG) Don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there…Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NLT) “We keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”

Consider: What’s my motivation in this?

Ecclesiastes 5:20 (LB) To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life – that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy.

3. Sustain a pursuit of excellence along with healthy expectations.

Galatians 6:4 (LB) Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.

Clarify core values you’ll honor.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT) Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Establish wise limits for yourself.

Proverbs 23:4 (NLT) Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.

Exodus 20:9 (NCV) Work and get everything done during six days each week.

Guard your production capacity.

Strive for Christ-centered living.

Colossians 1:17 (TEV) Christ existed before all things, and in union with him, all things have their proper place.

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Study & Discussion Questions
  • What would you say was a great ambition of your life as a child? As an adult? Today?

  • Would you say that it’s better to have too much, or too little ambition? When have you observed someone with clearly selfish ambition?

  • What is an ambition you have for your life? What would you hope people will remember about you after your life is over?

  • What ideas about your personal ambition(s) from this message gives you pause to think and pray about your life? What scriptures from this message seemed to “have your name on them” as you listened for God to speak to you? What questions or areas for future study or meditation do they bring to mind for you?

  • How do you know when it’s “quittin’ time?” What have you noticed about you and your own limits for doing work?

  • How can your group pray for or assist you at this time regarding your work?

  • Families, elementary kids wrapped up the series on Joy with a Joy Party today! Kids learned we can have Joy because of all God has done. Ask your kids about this month’s memory verse (Philippians 4:4). Ask who wrote it and where he was when he wrote it. Would it be hard for you to find Joy in those circumstances? Talk together about how we can have Joy even in tough times. As a family, read and memorize this verse.

  • Relentless

  • Never Gonna Stop Singing

  • The Lord Our God

  • Scandal Of Grace

  • Your Love Awakens Me

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