“Tell me about yourself.”
“What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?”
Have you been asked these questions during an interview? Wonder why? The interviewer wants to know a whole lot more about your level of self-awareness, and less about the exact answers to these questions.
What’s your self-concept?
So many are absolutely consumed with self, in the reality of their own personal narrative. We all know exactly what we want and when we want it. But our awareness of ourselves is too often defined only partially, only relatively: by our circumstances, our friends and colleagues, and our surroundings. Inundated with politics and (social) media, we struggle to define our place in a dynamic, sensationalized world. A lost world. A dry and thirsty land.
And if one’s self-concept is merely relative, then it’s not fixed, by definition. It’s capable of shifting, blown back and forth by the winds of change. Since truth is fixed, unchanging thru time and circumstance, then any relative definition of oneself would be limited.
Therefore, an awareness formed by viewing ourselves relative to the conditions, the world, around us is false. To be true, it must instead be rooted in something fixed, in the unchangeable.
Jesus was asked to “Tell me about yourself.” Many times, his response was, “I am.”
Jesus was speaking to the Jews in the Temple Courts, an adversarial crowd who was ready to violently take His life. In John Chapter 8, they asked Jesus, “Who do you think you are?”
“’If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’
‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ they said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’
‘Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” (John 8: 54-58)
Jesus knew who he was: “I am.” He told the crowd directly. They didn’t understand because of the condition of their own hearts, blinded by their own preconceived notions and paradigms. The crowd picked up stones in their hands to kill Him. His self-concept was fixed, not defined relative to his surroundings or the angry mob. He was, He is, who His father made him to be. “I am.”
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” (John 8: 28-29)
Be aware of who you are. Become who you are. You were made to abide with the creator.
3 words to describe you?
In a dry and thirsty land, a world lost to sin…be faith, be hope, be love. (I Corinthians 13: 9-13)