Today's Bible Reading:

Being Honest About Your 3 Selves

Being Honest About Your 3 Selves

You may not have ever thought about it before, but you have three selves.

This is not a good thing.

Your gracious Creator, in his written revelation to mankind, has provided all that is needed in order for you to see your three selves clearly (2 Tim 3:16-17). The only question is this: “Will I be honest in dealing with my three selves?”

Self #1: Your FALSE Self

  • This self says one thing, but does another (Matt 21:28-30; 1 John 4:20).
  • This self outwardly appears one way, but is inwardly quite different (Matt 15:7-9).
  • This self claims relationship with God, but does not live in harmony with God’s will (James 1:26).
  • This self is interested primarily in “keeping up appearances” (Matt 6:1-8, 16-18).
  • This self is not your real self, and to act as if it is equals hypocrisy (Matt 7:1-5).

Self #2: Your TRUE Self

  • This self is the real self, and we know it when we’re being honest.
  • This self, in the absence of discipline, will gravitate in the direction of:
    • Self-indulgence (1 Tim 5:6; Eccl 2:1-11; 1 Cor 10:8; 2 Pet 2:10).
    • Self-gratification (Rom 13:13-14; Gal 5:16-21).
    • Self-centeredness (Mark 7:20-23; Phil 2:3; Eph 4:29-32; 2 Tim 4:3-4).
  • This self, with the right information and attitude, reaches the conclusion of Paul (Rom 7:14-24).

Self #3: Your RENEWED (Potential) Self

  • This self is only available in and through Jesus Christ (Rom 7:25).
  • This self has been washed, sanctified, and justified by the Spirit of God (1 Cor 6:9-11).
  • This self lives by faith in the Son of God (Gal 2:20).
  • This self is dedicated to walking in newness of life (Rom 6:3-4; Tit 3:5; Rom 12:1-2).
  • This self is zealous for good works (Tit 2:11-14).

The only question is this: “Will I be honest in dealing with my three selves?”

  • “Isn’t it past time to lay down my false self?” (James 5:16)
  • “Am I willing to come to grips with my true self?” (Acts 22:10)
  • “Will I entrust my potential self to the God of renewal and resurrection?” (2 Tim 2:11-13, 26)

After all, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:34-38)

This sermon was delivered on June 23, 2013.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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