Brian Rosner joins Michael to talk about the modern age of individualism and how identity is actually found outside of one’s self.
From the Episode:
“We’re relational beings, we’re storytelling beings, and we’re also adoring beings. We look up as well as around and backward and forward to find ourselves. A lot of people who are not believers might think to themselves, ‘well, I don’t really look up,’ but I think there is this irrepressible urge in all humans to look beyond themselves to something bigger than themselves.”
“In our day, to say that you’re not your own or that you don’t belong to yourself is about as counter-cultural as you can get… And yet, in the right context, belonging to someone else is actually a beautiful thing and it can reassure and liberate us. The significant thing there is that when Pauls says you are not your own, he follows it up by saying you were bought with a price—so, you’ve been loved with an everlasting love.
The fact that, through the Cross, we belong to someone else—to God—is actually a liberating thing. That’s where we find our true selves.
The way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service and love of others.”
Ephesians 5, Philippians 2
About Brian Rosner
Brian Rosner is principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. Brian is passionate about theological education that is both rigorously academic and profoundly practical. He is also enthusiastic about promoting the gospel in the public sphere and is a fellow of The Centre for Public Christianity. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and previously taught at Aberdeen University and Moore College. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Paul and the Law, the Pillar commentary on 1 Corinthians, Beyond Greed, The New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Known by God, and his new release: How to Find Yourself: Why Looking Inward Is Not the Answer. Brian is married to Natalie and has four children.