Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Vertical Self - by Mark Sayers
Our culture has driven us insane. So much so, we haven't even noticed it. We were created in God's very own image. And in Mark Sayer's book, The Vertical Self, he not only proclaims this drastic identity crisis, he provides an accessible solution through Christ Jesus. Find your identity in Christ, and you will never be in crisis.
The book begins defining where our culture is at, and what "the vertical self" means. The idea is simple really, those with a vertical sense of self find their identity vertically. At the top is God and eternal reward, the middle is yourself and earth, and the bottom is eternal punishment and Hell. Such people identify who they are as the image of God.
The second sense of self is horizontal. The horizontal self has no standard to hold itself to save other peers, who also have a horizontal sense of self.
Sayers challenges those saved and unsaved to come back to who we were meant to be. Find out who were truly are. To stop changing our identity to please others and become, once again, the image bearers of God. And that this doesn't require otherworldly saintness, giving up our desires, etc. All that is needed is subjecting our desires and person under the Lordship of Christ. Holiness. And to be holy is to be whole.
I loved this book. It's changed the way I think and look at things in a more godly manner I believe. The way Sayers spoke encouraged me and made things clear and simple. This is something every Christian needs to be reminded of. We are the IMAGE OF CHRIST. So we need to start living like it.
Read this book and prepare to be changed. God worked in big ways with this book, for me at least. I trust He can do the same for you.
Live life to the fullest. Become who you were made to be.
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