Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
Bob Rogers, the former president of Development Dimensions International, Inc., notes the difference between a big ego and a strong ego. He says that a person with a big ego has their “picture on the cover.” A person with a strong ego gives credit instead of taking credit.
John the Baptist was a strong leader with a strong ego. He did not back down on the truth. He boldly told people that they needed to change their ways, but he did not put his “picture on the cover.” John always deflected the attention from himself to Jesus. When asked, “Who are you?” he explained that he was simply the one sent to prepare the way for Jesus.
In a world that feeds on celebrity obsession, which in turn, feeds big egos, John the Baptist stands as an example for all believers. It is not about us; it’s about Jesus. We are simply voices pointing people to the Savior. We are spiritual beggars who, by God’s grace, have found the living bread. Our purpose is to tell other “beggars” where they can find it too. How would you answer the question, “Who are you?” I hope the answer has a lot of Jesus and little of you.
Father, please strengthen my ego and keep it from growing big. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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