The most intriguing book title I have come across this year is, Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are by Craig Groeschel. No, that’s not a typo. The book is called “Altar” Ego because it teaches people like you and me about our true identity.
In the book (the title was so catchy, I had to get a copy) Craig reminds us that we are not who the world says we are. As a result of the American culture we live in there often are labels and stereotypes placed on us. Because of that, we often can become confused about who we are and what we stand for. Craig’s book changes that.
In the book he reminds readers that we are not yet who we are supposed to be.
Becoming who God wants us to be means he forms us into a new person. But how does God do that? According to Craig, when we practice four “eternal values” we become who God wants us to be. Those four eternal values are:
These values stand in contrast to much of the culture we live in. Often in our culture we are not patient, we lack integrity, gratitude is slim, and honor is hard to come by. Instead, Craig advocates and believes that when we live those four eternal values, we will become the altar ego that God wants us to be.
I love how Craig ends his book. He encourages readers to pursue these values and the altar ego God has for them by saying,
Remember, because of Christ, you are not who others say you are. You are who God says you are. Who are you? Well, you’re not your past. You’re not what you did. You’re not what others have done to you. You are an ambassador for Christ, God’s representative sent from heaven to earth. You are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do the good works God prepared in advance for you to do. You are an overcomer, by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of your testimony. You are a child of the living God and filled with the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead (p. 230-231).
I must admit that I often have struggled with my identity. At times I struggle with wanting to feel significant and important because of my work. I struggle with desiring that others would want to hear my thoughts and my opinion. I struggle with the idea that my ministry is taking longer to develop that I want. I struggle to feel as grateful as I should feel with what God has given me. Instead, I need to seek to live these eternal values discussed in Altar Ego of patience, integrity, gratitude, and honor in order to focus on becoming the person God wants me to be.
Question: What eternal values do you practice to become the person God wants you to be?