Are You Really All That?
There is an expression that is popular in the street that says: “You’re not all that and a bag of chips.” The origin of the expression refers back to the Subway Restaurant Chain. The original shop offered freshly baked bread with a variety of cold cuts and condiments for a bargain price. A bag of chips was included in the price, so you got "all that and a bag of chips."
In our modern slang though it has an entirely different meaning. Today it means that the person being referred to thinks they are “Very Special.”
Sadly, many of us today, especially those of us in leadership or ministry have a tendency to believe our own press, marketing slogans, or hype. We really do have unrealistic evaluations of ourselves. We think we are all that and a bag of chips, but the perception of others is quite often much different than our own.
I am reminded of Paul’s words to the church at Rome:
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly…” Romans 12:3 a & b NKJV
It is indeed sad when we think of ourselves more highly than we ought to. We are told to think soberly. Sometimes it would help us if we realized how others saw and perceived us and compared it to how we see ourselves.
Someone once rightly said: “Perception equals reality.” In other words how someone sees a person or a thing will be how they receive that person or thing. Years ago my Dad said: ”One can only receive what they perceive. If they don’t perceive it, they can’t receive it.”
So if John Q Christian is called to be and is beginning to function as a Prophet, but you don’t perceive him as one, will you receive him as one? That may be his call and assignment from the Father, but if you don’t see him as that, you will never receive him as that. You may say he is a Brother-in-the-Lord, a teacher, or a preacher; but that Prophetic calling and gifting will never benefit you because you don’t perceive it. (Just remember Jesus in Nazareth)
Earlier today, I posted this on Facebook:
“Sometimes seeing how others perceive you is a good reality check of where you are in your mantel, maturity, and metron.”
Most folks liked this post and/or left a positive comment, but there were some that were negative. This does not bother me one bit because I am used to ruffling people’s feathers.
I often tell my sons and daughters that you can judge where you are by people’s perception of you. I began to take note of my metron (sphere of influence or scope of reach) growing as people from outside of my region began to refer to me as Pastor, Prophet, or Apostle. This was how they perceived me, and received me.
Now I knew I could impart to these people at a much deeper level than others who just saw me as a fellow-believer, because of how they perceived and received me. So from time to time it is beneficial to us to think soberly and take an honest look. The question we really need to ask ourselves is:
ARE YOU REALLY ALL THAT?