Consider the balance between answering the call to live out our identity and the warning about shifting our motivation in doing it.
- Identity and calling – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
- Caution – “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).
A difficult path
This path is not easy when you live in an ego-centeric culture in which “human life degenerates into the clamor of competing autobiographies?”
- “In such a culture, the self exists to be explored, indulged and expressed, not disciplined and restrained. What has changed is that, “aggressive self-regard is no longer viewed with alarm. Instead, people praise and promote it” (“Not…
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