“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” (1 Cor. 4:3-5)
This is the smallest book from the amazing author Timothy Keller. You could easily read this book in an hour. It is only 48 pages. It is a book you will want to read over and over again.
We all struggle with identity. We wrestle with our identity. Timothy Keller in his book, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, shows us how Paul in 1 Corinthians 4 where paul talks about self-fogetfulness. This is one of my favorite books I have read this year. I love being able to study a passage deeply, and to fully understand it. Timothy Keller does a great job describing our ego/identity problem. He not only describes it, but displaces it with the Gospel.
Youth Pastors need to hear this message of identity, and forgiveness. I think that we have a wacky sense of who we are sometimes, and why we do what we do. Everything comes out of our identity. We need to live into the fullness of the Gospel and in the words of Paul in 1 Cor 4, “In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.”
This is one book you need to read. It is one fantastic book! I am looking at it for a grad gift for the grade 12’s in my youth ministry.
“…the problem with self-esteem–whether it is high or low–is that, every single day, we are in the courtroom. Every single day, we are on trial…some days we feel we are winning the trial and other days we feel we are losing it. But Paul says that he has found the secret. The trial is over for him. He is out of the courtroom.”
“Like Paul, we can say, ‘I don’t care what you think. I don’t even care what I think. I only care what the Lord thinks.’ And he has said, ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’, and ‘You are my beloved child in whom I am well pleased.’ Live out of that.”
“The essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less”
If you were to read one book this week, this is it! I am going to try to read it weekly leading up to easter. Go and check out the book on amazon here.
Once you read it, let me know what you think!