Why do we do the things that we do?
- Do we avoid someone if we are dressed in our “grubby’s“?
- Why do I occasionally get defensive when my wife asks me a question?
- Why do we have a hard time doing the right thing?
Why do we do what we do?
- We give up on good things (Exercise and regular prayer)
- We take hold of unhealthy things (Eating chips and fast food)
- We damage relationship with those close to us
- And so, so, so much more
The Christian answer to this is sin, but can I tell you that it is much deeper and complex than this.
This morning I want to explore the reasons we do what we do and the true answer to change.
Who in the Bible had the BIGGEST change from messed up life to complete righteousness?
I believe it was the Apostle Paul
I want to briefly look at his life in three parts: What he had, what he lost, and what he gained, and turn our eyes upon ourselves to help us understand where we find our self worth and value.
Lets look at Philippians 3:4-6, the Apostle Paul tells us that “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.”
What the Apostle Paul had:
- Circumcised on the 8th day
- Of the people of Israel
- Tribe of Benjamin
- A Hebrew of Hebrews
- In regard to the Law, a Pharisee
- As for Zeal, persecuting the church
- As for righteousness based on the law, faultless
Acts 22 2-4
Then Paul said: 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,
What the Apostle Paul lost
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Where do we find our self worth?
- Men tend to strive for significance
- Women tend to strive for security
TRYING TO DO RIGHT BEHAVIORS WITHOUT RIGHT THINKING IS VERY FRUSTRATING
Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ—yes”
Paul places his goals, values, and purposes in knowing Jesus
- Not knowing the Bible better
- Not doing more spiritual things
- Not building up the church
THE APOSTLE PAUL FOUND HIS SIGNIFICANCE IN KNOWING JESUS
What the Apostle Paul gained
- A friend, Savior, Redeemer
- Eternal life
- An advocate
WE MUST BREAK FROM THE LIE THAT WE CAN REACH TRUE PERSONAL WORTH APART FROM CHRIST.
Our purpose in life
- To know Christ
- To bring glory to God
- To live to please Him