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Don't you know who I am?

“Don’t you know who I am?” a famous athlete challenged police. He’d just been pulled over in the early morning hours for driving erratically. When he staggered from the vehicle, smelling like a distillery, he couldn’t believe the officers had the nerve to stop a famous person like him.

Reading this story, I shook my head at the man’s audacity. Then a few weeks later came a similar incident with a different athlete. This time, the man was driving an unregistered vehicle. As police towed the car away, the man shouted, “Don’t you know who I am?” Then he scoffed, “Go ahead, I’ve got 10 more at home just like it.”

If we’re honest, we’ll probably admit to a few “don’t you know who I am?” incidents of our own. Maybe not as extreme as these outbursts by multimillion-dollar athletes, but we’ve had pride-ruffling moments when we felt we weren’t getting the respect we deserve.

You know, thoughts like: “I know more about writing than that editor; why would she change my article that way?” Or, “Am I really expected to help clean up the office snack area, when I’m in management and other staff with less important responsibilities can do it?” Or, “Why wasn’t I asked to pray or lead devotions at the Board meeting?”

The only one who can save us from our sinful pride is the same who once asked a follower, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you such a long time?” Jesus’ “don’t-you-know-who-I-am" question wasn’t prideful or arrogant like the athletes’. It was probing, loving. Jesus wanted people to know him, but they often misunderstood and still do today.

I’m reminded of the old spiritual:

Sweet little Jesus boy,
They made you be born in a manger
Sweet little holy child
We didn’t know who you were.
Didn’t know you’d come to save us, Lord
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we could not see
We didn’t know who you were.

One of our highest callings as Christians in writing and publishing is to help readers really know who Jesus is—not as words on a page but as life-transforming Savior and Lord.

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Eva Kristiaman - April 20, 2011
So TRUE! Thanks so much for sharing this, John. Have a joyous blessed Easter! Warmest greetings, eva

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