By Johnny Hester
According to a story I read, during
the final days at Denver's old Stapleton airport, a crowded
United flight was canceled. A single agent was rebooking a
long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly an angry
passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket
down on the counter and demanded, ":I HAVE to be on this
flight AND it HAS to be FIRST CLASS!
The agent replied, "I'm sorry sir.
I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these
folks first, and I'm sure we'll be able to work something
out." The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, "Do
you have any idea WHO I AM?"
Without hesitating, the gate agent
smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. "May I
have your attention please?" she began, her voice bellowing
throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at the
gate WHO DOES NOT KNOW HOW IE IS. If anyone can hlep him
find his identity, please come to gate 17."
To say the least, this man
overestimated his own importance. The word of God warns,
"For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among
you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to
think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has
allotted to each a measure of faith." (Rom. 12:3).
Each of us would do well to
remember that even at our best "All of us have become like
one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like
filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the
wind our sins sweep us away" (Isa. 64:6).
We are all undeserving of the mercy
and grace that God has bestowed upon us through the loving
gift of His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17). It is only
through His virtue that I have become a person of value.
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that
we should be called children of God! And that is what we
are!" (1 John 3:1).
Who am I? I am a child of God! But
it is through no merit of my own. As a baptized believer I
simply answered "yes" to his loving offer - the gift of
salvation. With that truth always in our minds, let us all
live in genuine thankfulness for his amazing grace.
- Johnny Hester preaches for the Shady Acres church of
Christ, in Sikeston, MO. He may be contacted through
the church's website at