Monuments and Ruins

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In this Insight for Living video clip, Chuck Swindoll, author, radio broadcaster and Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX, warns us about building monuments out of our reputations.

The ancient Ephesians built towering monuments for themselves, expecting those structures to tell the world of their greatness into perpetuity. We often do the same thing with our accomplishments and reputations. However, God's plan for our epitaphs is found in our relationships with Him, with our families, and with our friends.

Of what parts of your life are you the most proud? In these areas, are you in danger of making too much of your own reputation?
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Do you ever sacrifice relationships for the purpose of your fame or accomplishments? How can you change this now?
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Read Matthew 22:34-40; 23:6-12. Notice that right after Jesus commands that we love God and our neighbors above all else, he warns against building up our own reputations. How are these two attitudes in opposition to one another?
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If you'd like to learn more about leaving a godly legacy for those who follow you, our friends at Insight for Living recommend Chuck Swindoll's Creating a Legacy CD series. To view that series, click here.