Owning Yourself--Philippians 3:1-11

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Owning Yourself!
By Pastor Tony on March 10, 2020; 10:35 a.m.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Have you ever noticed that we have a tendency to blame someone else for our shortcomings?  I find it interesting that when we don’t like how things turn out people tend to look for a scapegoat; someone to take the fall.  In reality, men and women alike need to take ownership of the decisions and actions that they make.  It is far better to acknowledge that we have made a bad choice, acted in a wrong way, etc. than to always be looking to blame someone else for our bad actions.  The things that we do, say, and how we act is totally on us; no one else.  So own yourself!
Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11
V.v. 4; 7-8—“though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:--But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the Knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ”
Observation:
Paul owned his life.  The life he lived before knowing Christ and the one he lived after he met Christ.  He didn’t shrink back or make excuses he owned what he was and what he had been.  However, Paul’s life changed.  The purpose of his life took on a new meaning.  He lived for the sake of the relationship that he had with Jesus Christ his Lord.
I wonder how many of us would say or could say that our lives are lived for Christ.  The challenge of the day is the same challenge that it has been since Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  To live out our relationship with Jesus—pleasing the Father by obeying Christ.
Application:
Owning yourself requires a better understanding of, and a more in tuned view of reality that only comes from a God revealed view of our spiritual state of being.  I can’t blame others for things that I do.  Applying these Scriptures to one’s life takes an understanding of our responsibility before God; putting them into practice and trusting God to do His part in transforming us as He has said He would do.  Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  As Nike’s slogan says, “Just Do It!”
Prayer:
Father, help us learn to own our own actions, and apply your word to our lives.  Keep us humbly seeking your face, repenting of sin and staying close by your side.  Fill us with your Spirit and focus our eyes on Jesus.  We love and obey you in Jesus name. Amen!