Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? (John 1:22 KJV)
The Pharisees sent their disciples to John the Baptist to ask him if he was the Christ because his ministry was causing a stir in Judea. When the messengers came to John, they said to him, ““Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?”. They ask John what he had to say about himself.
This is an insightful question. Think about it for a minute and make it personal. What do you say about yourself? Who are you? People have their opinions or thoughts about who you are. In fact, they sometimes will attempt to tell us who they think we are. However, what matters is “what sayest thou of thyself?”.
John responded to their question and said
“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias” (John 1:23 KJV).
John had a clear understanding of who he was and what God wanted him to do. Your knowledge and conviction of your identity is a priceless spiritual treasure. Notice I did not say your identity is important, but what you know and believe about who you are. You might be everything in the world but if you do not know it or are not even sure about it, it is as good as nothing. Be grounded in your identity in Christ. There is no greater identity you have greater than the truth that you are a child of God. It sounds simple, but is earth-shaking if fully known, believed, and tenaciously held!
John answered the messengers. Think about this question for yourself. “What sayest thou of thyself?”
APPLY THE WORD
Insecurity is dangerous. If you do not know who you are, people around you are very eager and so willing to tell you who you, what the think ou should be or where you belong. Do not let this happen. Be grounded in your identity in Christ. That is, ensure you know and truly believe it.
Ask the Spirit to reveal areas in your life that you are insecure where people or life circumstances are making doubt who you are.