Who do you think you are?
They are almost always words spoken at a volume and in a tone to which almost no one can respond.
But if we take a moment to consider it, it’s a really good question.
Who do you think you are?
The 17th century French philosopher Rene Descartes made extraordinary contributions to math and science but he is best known for coining the phrase, “I think, therefore I am.” As a man thinketh, so he lives. So, who do you think you are? And if your thinkin about yourself is stinkin then no wonder your life is less than the abundant one Jesus died to give you.
Descartes’ emphasis was on the rational mind and we could spend time discussing just how badly other took what Descartes said and ran with it in directions that were devastating particularly for the French in the 18th century. But by his statement Descartes was also pointing to what’s called the correspondence theory of truth. When we say that “truth is that which accords with reality,” we’re echoing Descartes. The truth is, whoever you think you are is how you’re going to live and that reality is going to become the operational or functional truth of your life. The big T Truth is – but many people live as if that big T truth isn’t true at all. So, as we survey the headlines of the day, consider who people think they are and what that reflects about who they think God is – and then consider how you can help people see the Truth and be set truly free.
There are many occasions in the culture today when people think Christians think more highly of ourselves than we ought. If they only know how seriously we take our own sin and the weight of God’s glory! But here are a few “who do you think you are” conversation starters for the day:
- Who do you think you are pray for me in my distress?
- I think I am one with access to the Father’s very throne room and I think I have His ear by the power of Christ’s name and the Spirit’s intercession
- Who do you think you are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in this current chaos?
- I think I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven who knows this is not all there is nor is this how God intends for it to be.
- Who do you think you are speak peace into my tirade about the failures of everyone else?
- I think I am a person of peace, disciple of the Prince of Peace, sower of peace.
- Who do you think you are to bring redemption to bear in this relationship?
- I think I am an agent of God’s grace and a minister of God’s reconciling love.
- Who do you think you are to see the eternal in the midst of the everyday and point it out to others?
- I think I am a human signpost, a light shining in the midst of a perverse generation, that others might see my good works and glorify God.
- Who do you think you are to ascertain and apply the mind of Christ to the matters of the day?
- I think I am His disciple. I think His Spirit is operating within me right now to bring my life into conformity with His will and every thought captive to Christ.
- Who do you think you are to expect God to be God, to show up and show off and bring the Gospel to bear in the right here and right now?
- I think I am an eternal child of the Father and that He desires nothing more in this moment than for you see Him for who He really is, very God of very God.
Who do you think you are!
Do you think you’re something special, created uniquely in the image of God on purpose and for a purpose? You’re right!
If you think otherwise, you’re wrong about yourself.
When the Pharisees confronted Jesus, most of their questions could have started with “who does this guy think he is?!”
The accusation was that he thought he was God, the Son of God, the promised Messiah, in/by and for whom everything that Is, was created and in whom everything holds together. Jesus thought He was exactly who He is: the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last and the living one; Son of God, Emmanuel, Christ the King, forever and ever.
If you don’t get that then you may not get what’s coming next. But everything that follows depends upon Jesus as the starting and ending place of the conversation.
So, as you think about yourself and everyone else today, think on Jesus first. Knowing who He is rightly orients our understanding of ourselves, everyone else and all that is happening in the world today as God brings the Gospel to bear in the context of THIS day.