The Christmas Prologue 5 – Know who you are and know who you are not.
John 1: 6-9 “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
He was just a man. Ordinary. Not the finished article and certainly not the light.
He was sent from God. He had heard a call from God to go. He had an experience of God but he certainly wasn’t the experience.
His name was John, it wasn’t Jesus.
Here is the thought today: you are important but not most important, understand and balance that well and you will fulfil the call God has for you. Get it wrong and you will be incredibly arrogant.
Let me try this again:
You are an ordinary person. Don’t think of yourself too highly because you aren’t. Take the pressure of yourself to be someone you are not. You will never keep up the fake attempt.
You have been sent by God. You are His witness. As you seek to show people Jesus. As you desire to see the light shine in the darkness then this is going to cost you. Christian witness is not safe. The cross and the bearer of it have become an abomination to many. This level of sacrifice needed as a witness is total. Your whole life. You may have lost a friend because of your witness but your fellow-witnesses across the world have lost their lives.
You have a name. You have an identity. God knows it. He is not confused by it. He has not made a mistake with you. You are meant to be here. Now thrive till you die.