Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Identity, revisited.

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 A couple years ago, I read my first Mark Driscoll book. It was Doctrine, co-authored by Gerry Breshears.  In one of the chapters, called Worship, I was really challenged about idolatry. I had put other things in the place where only God should be, including that of what I thought my vocation was going to be. When the path to that vocation got ripped away, my identity fell apart. Move forward to his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?, and I'm in a much better place in terms of knowing my identity and having God in the right place. (Not saying I don't slip any...) However, even with where I am now, this book was still very powerful. One of the things I love about Driscoll's books (Doctrine not included, as that was more scholarly than the few others I've read), is there pastoral nature. He does a great job of pairing the Scripture (in this book, primarily from Ephesians) with an instance from his life as a minister.

One of the biggest themes in this book (naturally, as this is about the identity of a Christ follower), is "in Christ." Over and over Driscoll reminds the reader that we as followers are to understand and be everything, in Christ. To do anything else is to fall short, and to be in for a world of hurt and disappointment, both in this life, and the next.

As we are going through the adoption of Dante, our nephew, one of the chapters that stood out the most to me was 13. I Am Adopted. In this, Driscoll explains the historical significance of adoption, which was much different than what we might think of today. While today, there might be orphanages for kids, then there was nothing. Unwanted babies were left to die, unless a rich person needed an heir to inherit their wealth and legacy. It was rarely out of selfless ambition. Hence why God wanting to adopt us and call us His children would sound so ludicrous. Especially adopting us, in Christ, as his co-heirs. Even before we loved Him, He wanted us. I say this stood out to me because sometimes, we get disheartened when Dante throws tantrums and we wonder if he loves us, or will love us. Yet we love him, and are willing to go through everything for him. Like God, in Christ.

All in all, definite a recommended read. Plenty of bibliography for those who want to delve deeper, as well as the Scriptural references on footnotes.

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