True leaders willingly accept responsibility for who they are.
John 18:7-9 – Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
While Jesus never went about boasting in who He was, neither did He in any way deny who He was. He made the statement that people would be known by their fruit, and He lived that statement throughout His earthly ministry. I find it so interesting that He never went about boasting or publicizing that a savior was coming to town, yet He did say He had come to seek and save that which was lost. He never went about boasting or publicizing that a healer had come to town, yet multitudes sought Him out that they might touch Him, be touched by Him, or simply have Him speak over them that they might receive their healing. He never went about boasting or publicizing that He could turn water to wine, walk on water, raise the dead, or feed the multitudes yet He did all these things giving honor to Father. In fact, there were times that He had done a great work, healed, or manifested a miracle, that He would tell the recipient to tell no one about what had happened.
At one point He sent forth the twelve of His inner-circle, and shortly after that, another seventy, two-by-two to “heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead, and cast out devils.” Upon their return, they were rejoicing that devils were subject to them. Yet in Himself He never boasted. And at the same time, He NEVER denied in any way Who He was. Even at what may have been the most critical moment of His ministry up until that point in time, when the pressure on Him was at its highest level ever, when He felt as if His heart would fail, and that the sorrow of the moment was about to kill Him, He refused to deny who He was. While He stood in the face of betrayal, knowing the horrible treatment, beatings, scourgings, mocking, and ridicule He was about to endure, He refused to deny who He was.
Rather, in the boldness that only true faith in God can produce, He acknowledged, “I am he.” In the integrity that can only flow from the righteousness of our Holy God, He acknowledged, “I am he.” With a grace and love that can only flow from the throne of God, He acknowledged, “I am he.” With the calm assurance that He already knew the outcome that can only come from absolute confidence in a divine plan, He acknowledged, “I am he.” And my friend, even in the chaos of this present world, at the time of the greatest onslaught on the church in the history of many, He still declares, “I am he.” And we are His. Stand up, acknowledge that truth, accept your responsibility, and live by it. The outcome is assured.
Manna for Today – John 18:1-11; John 14:6; Revelation 1:17-18; Matthew 7:16-20; Luke 19:10; Matthew 10:8