As my son comes bounding into the living room of our small house he yells at me the oddest question, “daddy, who am I?” Of course he doesn’t want me to tell him his name but the character he’s portraying. He wants me to affirm that he’s playing the right part. The answer, though, is deeper than a character, deeper than a name. It’s the depth of that question that Jeremy Walker has mined in his newest volume Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness.
Who am I? That seems to be on the questions of many as the culture sends tides of misinformation flowing down upon them. They’ve lost their identity in a world that tells them their identity is whatever they want it to be. The garden has all but been paved over and a massage parlor put in its place. Here the masses flock to have their identities and their egos massaged in order to feel like they matter as people. This is what Jeremy Walker is writing against.
We are not automatons walking the earth with no purpose or feeling of identity. He points out that we are made in the image of the creator of the universe and are in dire need of having that identity recovered. As we live out our lives as pilgrims in a land not our own, Walker provides helpful steps for our journey. He does this in three ways: First he provides a scriptural framework in which we can see the issues that come up on our way. Secondly, he offers to us summary thoughts. This he does with wisdom as he ponders the Scriptures and their application. Finally he gives specific counsel as a wise sage whose learned from the theological greats.
From the man who narrated Through the Eyes of Spurgeon, comes a volume imminently helpful for those on this journey we would call a pilgrimage. He points people to the God whose hands fashioned Adam and Even from him. We are made in the image of God, who sits on the throne of heaven. This glorious truth has been lost and has been in need of recovering for some time now.
He not only points to the only place we can recover our identity but gives us the practical steps to get there. Passing Through is not merely about answering the question, “Who am I?” It’s about seeing the endgame of the Christian life. It’s about a rest that’s yet to come for those living in the reality of an already but not yet life. It’s for those pilgrims on the journey towards that great city of God where every tear will be wiped away and we will know even as we are known.