In the Preface I listed three reasons for writing the
book. I wrote out of two desires and an act of obedience. The following is the
second desire . . .
The second desire is to see my
Father’s will realized in the church. His longing is that the body of Christ—the
true, spiritual church—be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and that we
stop thinking and looking at things from a worldly, carnal perspective. We
were formerly beggars in need of
bread. But for the regenerate, born-from- above, child of God, unbiblical
metaphors have no place in his or her thinking or life. We have fed on the
bread of life and have been forever transformed from what we were (2 Cor.
5.14-21). We could be called ambassadors, but not beggars. We could be called
pilgrims, but not vagrants. Mine is a desire to honor my Father and his will in
our lives. Therefore, we need his understanding of who we are in order to fulfill
his purpose for us—our high calling.
When the British royal family
prepared their sons and daughters to reign on the throne of England, they did
not teach them to believe that they were tramps, worms, sinners, or other such
wretches. Royal mentors and advisors may have taught them to understand
poverty, the plight of the lower class, the disenfranchised, their own
humanness, but royal sons and daughters themselves were princes and princesses—royalty
by blood. And they were formed and schooled to think and act as such. Not in
pride, but in true understanding of their royal line, heritage, and
responsibilities. This should produce a gratefulness and humility that makes
for benevolent, compassionate oversight. You can see where I’m headed with
this. You are such a royal son or daughter if you know
Christ and are his.