Do you ever look in the mirror and think, “there should be more to life than this. I hate my life. My inside does not match my outside. Somewhere there is a huge disconnect.” I know I have and I know Craig Groeschel has because he wrote about it in his newest book, Altar Ego.
Craig grew up attending church yet didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus until he was in college and he woke up one morning thinking the very thoughts I mention above. Later that day he fell to his knees on a baseball field and confessed he wasn’t able to do his life on his own. He is the lead pastor of lifechurch.tv, the largest church in America today with over 15 campuses across the nation. People from all over the world tune in via the internet to listen to him preach.
In case you are wondering if I misspelled the word “altar” or if they misspelled it, the answer is “not on your life.” We are to lay our ego down on God‘s altar and pick up the person He created us to be. But before we can pick up that person, we have to lay down our own desires and learn who God says we are.
We also have to believe it. We have to say, “I am God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works!” and live like we believe it. We have to deny, turn off and ignore the inner self saying who we aren’t. Before we can do that though, we have to know who we are in God’s eyes. Just how does He see us, really. We all know He sees us as perfect and holy because that has been preached for decades. Yet we still don’t seem to really know, deep down know, who we are in Him.
Craig takes us through the steps he used in his own journey. He tells us we are God’s masterpiece, an overcomer and God’s ambassador. Lest you think you’re “just ___________________(fill in the blank), he is quick to point out, “you are an undercover agent for God Most High in ____________________ (fill in the blank).
He says often in the book, “When you know who you are, you will know what to do.” We are to “sacrifice cultural relativity for eternal values.” How? By Living with patience, integrity, honor, and gratitude. We are to sacrifice self-justification for passionate obedience. How? By praying bold prayers, using bold behavior, using bold words and being bold in our obedience.
If you want to know how all this is done, you’re going to have to get the book and read it for yourself. If while you wait, you want to hear a few messages on this subject click here and you can watch Craig preach on these very things.
This book held my attention from the first word. It’s an excellent book for anyone. I would highly recommend it to youth leaders, Sunday school teachers and small group/Bible study leaders. If you’re serious about wanting to know what God says about you, what He says you are, read this book. Underline, make notes in the margins. You’ll be glad you did. And the world will be changed.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.