We live in an era where personal identity is of great importance to us. Perhaps we simply don’t know who we are. We are like victims of amnesia who are lost and always searching for our ‘true’ identity—or perhaps we are looking for an upgrade. We seek meaningful self-definition in our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, and (sometimes) in Jesus. Whatever the reason, we listen when someone speaks about identity.
There are a number of ways to approach the ‘Who am I’ question. A useful way is to change the question just slightly from:
A personal case study of how human behavior can be explained by Jeremiah 17 metaphors. Sin entangles us and prevents us from living out the commands of God. But Christ changes our hearts and gives us a new identity. Only then can we disentangle ourselves from sins that control us.
Pride sits on both sides of the counselor's desk, and is a pervasive counseling problem. "Both the haves and the have-nots are eaten up with pride. The whole self-esteem movement consists of the have-nots hoping to be the haves." Pursues numerous strands of biblical teaching dealing with the epidemic vice of pride. "Pride amounts to seeking to un-god God": lists 15 characteristics of pride. Also presents pride's opposite, the endangered virtue of humility and servanthood to God and others. Lists 10 different ways to display humility.