FACT OF LIFE: We all struggle.
Many of those struggles are caused by our own bull “headedness.” Some of it is something that seems to follow us wherever we go. Most of the struggles we do have are often tied to our EGO. While we may attempt to justify our ego, what God wants from us is much more.
Here is my story: I grew up knowing the Bible. I memorized it. I read it. I would get up early in the morning to meet with God and my mom, even in high school. She said I always had a sensitive heart for God. But deep down inside was an insidious monster: my ego. I masked it the best I could but enjoyed the accolades that came with basketball. As I grew older, I became real good at masking my Pharisee-ism in the pulpit and in my daily life. My ego grew while I feigned commitment to Jesus. I now realize it for what it was. It took someone’s boldness and another year before it hit home. I was in my office one day when another preacher (whom I think I ticked off) came to my office and told me “You are an arrogant so-and-so and one day will be brought down.” It took almost a year before I realized he was right on both counts.
I also now realize my arrogance was a way of covering up who and what I really was. Words like FAKE and PHARISEE and FALSE IDENTITY come to mind. In my case, I had allowed accolades and ambition to cloud my vision of who I was. I was trying to find identity in myself and my abilities, instead of in Christ. Along the way I sacrificed who I really was. After all, how can you know when you are too busy being someone else?
I wish I had read Craig Groeschel’s book years ago. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t have paid attention to it. Craig’s premise is when we lay aside all our false and broken concepts of who we are, then and only then can we become God’s vision of who we are. I wrote this post referencing Craig’s book and the fantastic news it included. Along the way Craig talks about living with patience, integrity, honor, and gratitude, as well as sacrificing self-justification for obedience.
MY OPINION: This is Craig’s best book to date. IMHO he seemed to be “juiced” with this one. There was a passion in his writing that drew me in. There were challenges issued that cannot be ignored. Not by me. Not by anyone reading it.
Have you read Altar Ego yet? Craig is a friend, and I did not buy this book; it was a gift. Nor was I asked to give a positive (or any) review. Friendship notwithstanding, I would say, “Go buy this book now!”