“… Who are you? What do you say about yourself?” (John 1:22)
John the Baptist was the greatest man and the greatest prophet ever born of woman according to Jesus, yet there’s very little space given to him in the Gospels. His greatness as a man and as a prophet seems to be attributed to the way he answered this question a delegation from Jerusalem was commissioned to ask him.
At first he did not want to answer the question because he did not want to talk about himself. He just wanted to talk about Jesus Christ. But when they told him they had to take an answer back to Jerusalem, he finally gave the answer that he was a voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. That was who he was, that was what he was, and that was where he was.
We might summarize John’s answer by saying that he accepted the limits of his limitations and the responsibility for his ability. We bear a lot of needless pain because we do not accept the limits of our limitations. But at the judgment most of us are not going to come up short because we did not accept our limits. We will fall short because we did not accept the responsibility for our ability.
Therefore, we should have a realistic, objective evaluation of who we are, what we are, and where we are to be as we live out our three score and ten, or four score years of life in this world. Who are you? What do you say about yourself? When you meet the Lord, are you going to be able to say that you were who, what, and where He willed you to be?