Ed Young Pastor wants to know, how many of you are going to watch the Masters today? That’s a golf tournament, right? There’s a golfer named Greg Norman, and everyone loves Greg Norman. I played golf this week, and the golfers in my foursome were saying, “Oh, Greg Norman. The ultimate. The shark. He is the man.” And millions of golfers will see Greg Norman, they will watch Greg Norman, and they will say, “Honey, I like those golf shoes he’s wearing. I think that would be a nice birthday present. And maybe the shirt and hat and clubs and the kind of tees he uses and the golf balls.” We think, “If I can dress like Greg Norman, that means I’ll be able to play like Greg Norman!” We try to buy status; we try to buy confidence. The bottom line is, Greg Norman could take a ten-year-old five-iron, wear cutoffs, and play barefooted, and beat every single golfer and wannabe golfer in this church! It’s not the equipment. God says, “That doesn’t matter to me. Confidence place in riches comes to nothing.” Could you be on this status cycle?
Some hop from the style to the status, and then take one more little step over to the final treadmill. This is the success track. We think, “Okay, that will do it. Style doesn’t work; status doesn’t work. Success will do it. I’m on the success track, Ed. That’s me.” Jeremiah 9:23-24: “The Lord says, “Wise men should not boast,”” circle these phrases, “of their wisdom, nor strong men of their strength, nor rich men of their wealth. If anyone wants to boast, he should boast that he knows Me and understands Me.” Wisdom, strength, and wealth. Those are the big three in American values, right? We love to compete, compare,