Such a great series on the attractions of this world and learning that we are in this world but not from this world. Pastor, your examples on the different ways the world wants to sway us into its idols and models is right on. One can continue to go up the hill of this world and reach the highest achievements. But if this journey up the hill is devoid of the hand holding and the companionship of our father, then the end of the journey will be empty.
May we all learn from your teachings and be humbled by the immense Love of our God. The journey with Him might look difficult. Abraham went up the hill with Isaac and his heart might have been full of sorrow and pain for he thought he was losing his beloved son, but on top of the hill, God revealed his infinite love. On top of the hill Jesus raised us up on the cross and paid the price for our short comings. There no truth brighter than this truth. There is no status higher than the status of children of God, raised from the dead on Calvary.
God bless you and the church you are leading