Volume 13 Issue 5 May 2019
Do You Know Who I Am?
By Lindy Earl
Every now and then we hear something in the news about some celebrity, maybe a sports star or somebody from Hollywood, who gets in trouble, and their response is, “Do you know who I am?” In real life, where my kids went to high school, there was a great music department, possibly the best in the country, definitely in the top 10. Their music department was so good that they named a building after the Band Director. One day, knowing that the band director was going to the front of the school, a teacher asked him to take some papers to the front office. His response was, “Do you know who I am? When you have a building named after you, then you can ask me to carry your papers for you.”
In a company, a CEO might ask this if somebody fails to recognize them as the person in charge. Maybe the boss doesn’t think that they should have to do a low-level job such as sorting screws or sweeping a floor. In fact, I have seen heads of companies offer to step in and help. Those are great bosses.
Back to the point, if you were, or are, a great celebrity or head of your church or a company, would you act differently or treat people differently than you do now? I hope not.
In John 4:6-29, Jesus said, “If you knew . . . “ to the woman at the well. Jesus had something to say! Jesus is worth knowing, and it is worth knowing WHO HE IS!
Jesus, Son of God, only man without sin, took sin on Himself. He did this because He loves us so much! It pains Him that any of us should perish (John 3:16).
Jesus is the only person who ever lived who has the right to utter the words, “Do you know who I am?” If you know somebody who does, in fact, not know Who Jesus is, please introduce them to Him.
Years ago I was friends with a woman who was extremely anti-Christian, anti-religion, and anti-church. She was raised in a home where it was all pushed down her throat and she rebelled. One day when we were talking, I told her that someday I would like to introduce her to a guy I didn’t think she had ever met. I was talking about Jesus.
For all the Scripture she had memorized, for all the classes she had sat through, for all the awards she had won (seriously), she had never met the risen Lord. She simply did not know or understand who Jesus is and why she needed Him.
Jesus is the person who can say, “Do you know who I am?” Yet, because He is God incarnate, He would never say it. He is the one who should refuse to carry papers or clean the floor, yet He did so much more than that! Forget the small, inconsequential jobs. He took on the debt of the world and hung on a cross to pay for it! Nobody is being asked to do that today.
When somebody asks you for a favor, no matter how big or small, or how tedious or maybe what you consider to be demeaning, think about how Jesus would respond. I am sure that, in love, He would look at the person, smile, and take on the task. If Jesus can look at the woman at the well, whom others would not even talk to, which is why she was alone at the well in the middle of the day, and tell her about her past, and love her the way He did, it’s the least we should do as we try to be more like Jesus.
Do you know who I am? The only answer I can give is that I’m a follower of Jesus and I’m doing my best to be like Him.
Lindy is a Christian Speaker and Author. You can invite here to speak at your Church, Organization, or Event by contacting her at LynnMarie@RealmMinistries.net.