How many times throughout your life have you introduced yourself? But have you ever really thought about what you’re saying? Let me explain by example. Here are how some people in the Bible introduced themselves:
God said, "I AM WHO I AM."
Abraham said, "I am old."
Jacob said, "I am Esau your firstborn."
Moses said, "I am not eloquent."
Gideon said, "I am the least in my father's house."
Ruth said, "I am a foreigner."
Nehemiah said, "I am doing a great work."
Job said, "I am a brother of jackals."
Jesus said, "I am the door, the light, the bread, the Good Shepherd."
Paul said, "I am the chief of sinners."
How would you answer the question, "Who are you?"
When John the Baptist was asked that question, he spoke without hesitation: "I am the voice."
John was not confused and he did not stutter. He knew exactly who he was and what he was called to do. He was "the voice." His calling was to speak—to announce the coming of the kingdom of God and of the Messiah of Israel. It didn't bother John that he wasn't the Messiah. The only thing that would have bothered him was not to speak clearly. John was a satisfied man, confident and content in his knowledge of himself.
Can you say the same about yourself? Take a moment and fill in the blank: "I am ____________________."
Then decide, "How happy am I with my answer?" If you're not sure about either, ask God for His insight.