Mini-Review: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

How can a 40 page book be so life changing? In The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Timothy Keller expounds on 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7. He fully explains what Paul means by not caring what others think about him, how a court would judge him, and doesn’t even judge himself.

He explains that neither high or low self esteem are legitimate. The only thing that matters is what the Lord thinks of us. And that is based on the gospel. Because God imputes his righteousness to us when we are born again, we can do things for the joy of doing them, not because we want to build our self esteem or even try to become more humble.

With the gospel, the verdict comes first, then the performance follows. Jesus went on trial for us. All that matters is how He sees us.

This would be good to read multiple times, maybe once a year.

It’s only $2.74 at Westminster Book Store. Buy them for your friends. The Kindle edition is often on sale for 99 cents. This was a sermon and may be online somewhere in audio form.

4 Responses to “Mini-Review: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness”

  1. 1 THEOparadox


    That sounds like a great book! I remember the Lord using I Cor. 4:3-5 POWERFULLY to teach me that I could walk free from the fear of man. I was horribly enslaved by that fear for many years, and I still sometimes have to remind myself that “it is a very small thing if I am judged by you or by any human court. Indeed, I do not even judge myself … it is the Lord who judges me.” Those words put the focus right where it needs to be: pleasing God and not man. What a joy and freedom in applying these words to my heart!

    I am glad you have found these verses helpful. I was unaware of this little booklet, but it sounds like I should get a few copies for myself and friends.

    Blessing in Christ,

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks Derek. This is something I really need to sink into me. Glad to see you commenting here.

  3. 3 pedro4jc

    Jeff, I too recently read this book, and found it to ring loud and clear to do exactly as its title infers. Keller and his exposition helped fine tune how I view others’ opinion of me; it took it from “I’m comfortable in my skin and don’t care what you think about me” to “my awareness of my position in and union with Christ generates true and honest humility”.

    Simply not caring what others think about me is actually thinly-veiled pride/too-high self-esteem. Finding a scriptural self-forgetfulness frees a person from having my own needs focused on, and envisions one to be used by God in finding where others need His ministry through us.

    Thanks for sharing about this great little book.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome and thanks for the comment. I like what you have to say.

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