ID and the EGO – Pt 1

How to Create a Fake ID

Let’s be honest, I’m not the same weight that I have on my driver’s license. I picked a random weight that “sounded good,” mostly because I hadn’t stepped on a scale in a while. I make it a point not to step on scales.

Not that it matters, really. I mean, who’s to say the scale is right anyway? If I look 150 pounds, let’s go with that. I don’t need no scale to tell me what I am. Pssh. Those are just numbers. Plus, on the moon, I’d be a different weight. If I want to be 150 pounds, you know what, I’m 150 pounds. Actually, why stop there, I hereby declare that I am at my goal weight of 120!

Prove me wrong.

Okay, that’s a humorous example for what we have seen going on in the our culture in the last few months and the love that society has for self-identification, even at the expense of rationality, biology, science, psychiatry, and decency. It’s the natural end of a society that doesn’t believe in absolutes — even scientific absolutes.

Call yourself whatever you want and say you’re “being true to yourself” and the world will applaud you. “Live your truth,” society says. That is what’s most important to the world.

Naturally, the world has it completely wrong. There is something more important.

Let me See Your ID

In Chapter 9 of Luke, Christ has this exchange with his disciples:

18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

19 So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.”

20 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”  (Luke 9:18-20 NKJV)

The most important thing in the world is not what we identify ourselves as, it’s Who we identify Jesus as.

“It is impossible to be wrong about Jesus and right with God,” Warren Wiersbe writes in Be Compassionate (p. 121).

I may, wrongly, self-identity as a 6’2″, 120-pound Kenyan marathon runner and delude myself for a lifetime (or until I come to my senses). If anyone who does not identify that Jesus is the Son of God and the Anointed One, that will determine their destiny for eternity.

The world says “live your truth,” but to really live, we need to accept God’s truth.

Scary!


Part 2 will post next Monday. Same time, same place.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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