1. Who do you say that Jesus is?
2. Who do you think you are?'
I just finished reading Mark Driscoll's book called Who Do You Think You Are and it has caused me to wrestle again with my answers to the 2nd question. As I go on, let me say this isn't a book review, nor am I even really discussing the book. However, as I was reading I found myself wrestling with the question that appears on the cover..."who do [I] think [I am]?" Not the intellectual answer...I could write on a piece of paper a good answer and probably get an "A" on the test. But if my actions and thoughts were to be evaluated, what would they say I believed about myself?
The core issue is this: many Christians don't live as Christians should. I'm not talking about sin and such, nor am In interested in sounding harsh or critical of us at all...but many believers I know, including myself at times, too easily forget who we are and as such, don't live as Christians should. Kind of like this...
I know I am a son of the living God, the highest King of the land. I know I have a destiny and treasure awaiting me that I cannot imagine, (heaven). I know that I have power at my disposal that no evil can stand against, (the Holy Spirit). I know that through prayer I have direct and instant access to that very same God that has saved me and loves to give good gifts to His children. I know I am an heir to the kingdom, that I've been adopted into this great family, that I am loved deeply and unconditionally. I know I have been saved from death, and brought into life. I know all these things and more...this is the very essence of being a Christian. And yet, too often I see in myself and other believers that we don't live in the light of these astounding truths.
As I read Driscoll's book I found myself often asking this question; "To whom or what have I attached my identity?" I was reminded that we are in a war and satan, through his crafty lies, is bending all his power to get us to come up with and live out the wrong answer to those two questions. I was reminded of my need to spend more time in God's Word, and in prayer, in order to fight against my enemies and remember my true identity, not my false one. Satan would love nothing more than for us to attach our identities to anyone or anything other than Christ. True freedom is found, however, in remembering who and whose we are.
"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe...But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus...But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ."