To be somebody in this world without Christ, you have to:
1. Look good enough so others will admire you.
2. Perform well enough so others will be impressed with your accomplishments.
3. Have enough social status so others will recognize you.
If we build our life around these values, we will lose it.
We grow weary in self-enthronement. Sin is that stubborn part of us that wants to live independent of God. Until we are broken, our life is self-centered and self-reliant. Our strength is our own.
To deny ourself is to give up our right to be the master of our life. God wants your heart for Himself. Our life is found in communion with Him.
We start by overcoming in our own life, and as we gain victory in our personal life, we lead our families to freedom, and we gain power and authority to impact the kingdom of God in our spheres of influence.
Do our lives make sense in light of eternity?
As the people of God, we have been sidetracked. Jesus said that we are to be in the world, but not of it. Instead, as the church, we have withdrawn from the world, yet adopted the social values of our society.
We are called to be different, and we are going to have to be different in order to make a difference. We have one life to spend, and there is only one cause worthy of our devotion.
This is the revolution, the cause, the good fight.
Andrew Jones described it this way:
"We need to not fall into the trap of dumbing down the challenge for all men everywhere to pick up their cross and follow Jesus into their manly quest to fulfill their destiny and finish their race with every good thing given to them to help them give away their gift to family and humankind."