Book Review : The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

I saw a TV advert the other day which said: Make 2014 the year for me”. How appropriate to the modern way of thinking….. It’s all about me, it’s my year , my time to shine, me time etc etc.  I was left thinking….. How dare we boast and bask in our own glory? And I was led to read this book again.

In this “little” book Dr Keller reminds of how a truly gospel-centered and humble person is freed from the constant nagging need to focus on himself.Freedom of self-forgetfulness

When we look in the mirror who do we see?  A heart full of pride and self importance or a heart changed by the grace of God?

The author begins by quoting from Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians  chapter 3 “so then, no more boasting about men” and then goes on to explain how the “puffed up” human ego is empty and painful and has nothing at its centre. If we try to put anything other than God in its centre it won’t fit.

On page 32 he puts it like this  “Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less”

Every single day the Christian is in the “courtroom”  and we have to appear both for the prosecution and the defence.  How do we face up to the charges? When we realise that we come before the person of Jesus Christ as judge we need not  fear what the world thinks of us.

Dr Keller ends with this thought  from Romans 8 vs 1 “ Therefore there is  now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus”….. Live out of that

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