Who Do You Think You Are? (book review)

Who Do You Think You AreIf you’ve ever heard Mark Driscoll speak, you know that he pulls no punches as he unashamedly uses the Bible to address the situations we all face. Who Do You Think You Are? is no exception.

Your friends, Madison Avenue, your colleagues, even your family members are all trying to influence you. They all weigh-in on who you are, or who they think you should be. But Pastor Mark Driscoll wants to show you who the Bible says you are. So using the book of Ephesians in the Bible, Pastor Mark convincingly and lovingly will show you that you are…

  • In Christ
  • A saint
  • Blessed
  • Appreciated
  • Saved
  • Reconciled
  • Afflicted
  • Heard
  • Gifted
  • New
  • Forgiven
  • Adopted
  • Loved
  • Rewarded
  • Victorious

Pastor Mark writes in a very readable, conversational style as he uses the powerful words of Ephesians, along with some personal stories from his own life, as well as the lives of others he has known, to make sure you know how God sees you. In a world where everyone else wants to squeeze you into a different mold, how freeing it is to discover how God sees you, and to know that God loves you because you’re you!

This was a very encouraging read. I’d recommend this to anyone struggling with peer pressure or with their own self-identity. I also think this would be an excellent book to use in a small group setting, perhaps even among a recovery group.

I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

Weighing The Positives And Negatives

WeighingDon’t you get annoyed when an overly-religious person spouts off some pie-in-the-sky, feel-goodism that sounds religious, but doesn’t seem to have any grounding in the real world?!?

Like when a church leader says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” when you are in the midst of a painful situation. This is one of those statements that’s great for church, but not so great for the battlefield of life, right?

Actually that statement was made by the Apostle Peter (see 1 Peter 1:3). He didn’t shout it in a church service, but in a letter to Christians who were on the run from their persecutors. Many of them had lost their homes and businesses, had to leave their hometowns, were separated from their families, and were having their very lives threatened. Peter didn’t just shout this praise, he explained its origin too. Over the next few verses he asks us to consider what a relationship with Jesus Christ would bring us, and then to put the positives and negatives on a scale…

The Positives

  • God’s mercy
  • New life
  • Living hope
  • Resurrection from the dead
  • Secure inheritance
  • An eternity with God in Heaven
  • God’s power shielding us

The Negatives*

  • Grief
  • Trials

* I am reluctant to put these on the “negative side” of the scale because Peter assures us that even these trials and griefs are refining our faith, proving it genuine, which results in even more “praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

So whether we look at the eternal positives or the temporary “negatives,” there is cause for rejoicing—Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” When a Christian is in a difficult situation, he must remember this: [1] This situation is only temporary, and [2] This situation will ultimately bring glory to God.

Weigh the positives and negatives and you will see that what you are going through now cannot even begin to compare to the glory of God that is coming! So keep your eyes on Jesus, and keep shouting your praise to Him.

Lord, help me to look away from the temporary and keep my eyes on the eternal.

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