My favorite chapter dealt with the subject of appreciation. The focus was on on when the Bible reads, “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:15-23, ESV).
Driscoll suggests, “Performance is done for the sight and approval of others. Service is done knowing that God is watching and approving whether or not anyone else is. Performance causes us to be enslaved to others’ opinions, unable to say no, and prone to being overworked. Service frees us to do what God wants, thereby saying no as needed. Performance presses us toward perfectionism, where we seek to do everything just right so others will praise us. Service allows us to do our best, knowing that God’s appreciation of us is secure regardless of our performance. Performance causes us to focus on the ‘big’ things and only do what is highly visible or significant. Service allows us to do simple, humble, and menial tasks—the ‘little things’—knowing that the peasant Jewish carpenter we worship equally appreciates them both” (62).
Though I do not always endorse or embrace Driscoll’s theological conclusions, I can think of very few leaders who embody a fear of the Lord over the fear of man. Driscoll does not shy away from difficult topics even when they fly in the face of popular opinion. He has a high view Scripture – and thus is willing to share the difficult teachings of Christ no matter the cost to himself.
We must all come to terms with what we are to do and what are to say. And more importantly, why we are to say them (and to who’s credit?). We can do the right thing but for all the wrong reasons.
Identity is far less about knowing who we are and discovering what we are meant to do and far more about who our Creator is and what he has already done for us.
You will enjoy this book.