Taking Ownership

Image courtesy of Tim Timberlake

Image courtesy of Tim Timberlake

As a young man, my father would tell me, “Become responsible for the path your life has taken. Take ownership of the actions you have committed– right and wrong–and make the proper adjustments through God’s word.”

The word “ownership” is defined as the right to posses. God has given us the right to posses the principles of the Bible so that we can maximize our fullest potential through His Word. There is no other book on this planet that will give as much insight, revelation, and knowledge about who God is, what God has done, and what God can do.

God’s Word tells us to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15). Reading the Bible should not be a burden on you. It should put a hunger and desire inside of you that can only be quenched by more of the Word of God.

When you understand that studying The Word of God helps us, protects us, and shields us from the hand of the enemy, you would be crazy not to find out what makes you eligible for such treatment.

If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you. (Exodus 15:26 AMP)

God wants us to be faithful and seek Him with perseverance and determination. And when we do these things, everything else will fall right into place.

Vance Havner once wrote: “God is faithful, and He expects His people to be faithful…. Not everyone can sing or preach, but all can be faithful.” Matthew 6:33 explains it this way:

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We all could stand to have some things added to our lives, but it is those who pursue and go after God and the things of righteousness that will walk in His blessings. So today at this very moment, commit to taking ownership and change.

HERE’S HOW

Here’s a way for you to rate your ownership attitude attributes; a self-Evaluation.

Write down a number for each attribute that is closest to your present situation.  At the end of the test, calculate your total score by adding up all the numbers you circled.

1=Never     2=Rarely    3=Sometimes    4=Frequently    5=All the time

1) How well do you take responsibility for your actions?

1 2 3 4 5

2) Are you Faithful?

1 2 3 4 5

3) How often do you spend time with God?

1 2 3 4 5

4) Do you pray?

1 2 3 4 5

5) Are you consistent?

1 2 3 4 5

6) Are you motivated?

1 2 3 4 5

7) Do you listen to God?

1 2 3 4 5

8) Do you have a willing spirit?

1 2 3 4 5

9) Do you think positive?

1 2 3 4 5

10) Are you confident?

1 2 3 4 5

 

After you finish, total up your numbers. The lower the number, the more work you have to do. Also, follow the steps below for the best results.

A) Select one weakness a day to focus and work on. Write down your present situation in relation to that attribute.

B) Stop blaming others for your own failures; take responsibility.

C) Communicate with God so He can point out things you need to improve.

D) Don’t go too fast. Work until you began to see real improvement.

E) When you have done all of the above, do it again. No one is perfect, but we are striving for perfection through Jesus Christ.

Happy Evaluating!

Tim Timberlake is the Co-Pastor of Christian Faith Center in Creedmoor, North Carolina. He is a gifted communicator and teacher, and has the ability to minister to people
of all cultures and generations through his in-depth Bible teaching, sense of humor, and most importantly, the leading of the Holy Spirit. God has given him a vision and a heart for helping people meet Jesus and each week,
he teaches the Word in a format for people to apply it in their daily lives. Tim is a graduate of the Pistis school of Ministry in Detroit, Michigan. He is an avid sports fan and a popular thought leader.

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