TOPIC: Dealing With Self III
TEXT: Rom 6:12-13; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 4:1-3; Col 3:5-10
MEMORY VERSE: Rom 12:21
You must decisively “put off” a pre-occupation with self, which is sin, in order to “put on” a life committed to Christ, pleasing to the Lord. God’s view concerning self emphasizes the need for biblical change. Instead of a pre-occupation with “self” in its varied forms, God’s plan focuses on a denial of self in order to please Him and be a blessing to others.
1. You must take the focus off yourself in daily situations and relationships (Lk 9:23-24) by following God’s commandments (Mt 22:37-39).
2. Since you have been bought with the precious sacrifice of Jesus Christ and are not your own (1Cor 6:19-20; 1Pet 1:17-19), you are God’s possession and a steward of all that the Lord has provided for you. As the Lord’s servant, you have the privilege and responsibility to be faithful with all that He has placed in your care (Mt 25:14-29; Lk 16:10-13; 1Cor 4:1-2; 1Pet 4:10).
3. As a servant of the Lord, you should not seek to be served (Mk 10:42-45) or to receive credit from man (Col 3:23; 1Thes 2:4-6) but instead you should seek only to please the Lord (1Cor 10:31; 2Cor 5:9).
4. Examine yourself continually in a biblical manner (Mt 7.5; 1Cor 11:26-32) and not compare yourself to others (2Cor 10:12; Gal 6:3-4) to determine whose approval you ultimately seek (Gal 1:10; Col 3:23-24; 1Thes 2:4).
5. Thank God for “apparent deficiencies” that you cannot correct (2Cor 12:7-10; 1Thes 5:18) and correct all actual deficiencies in your life that hinder you from serving God and edifying others (Rom 6:19; 1Cor 10:31-33; Phil 2:12-16; Heb 12:1-2).
6. You are to practice love without hypocrisy (Rom 12:9), demonstrating the fruit of Christ’s life in your thoughts, speech and actions (Mt 5:16; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 5:1-2).