Jen Gabl provides us today’s blog post, “Do you know who you are?”
In this passage, John is confident in who he is and who he is not. He’s not the messiah or a prophet. He is a “regular” person, but more importantly, he is a Christ follower and he is determined to get the message out. The king is coming! Will you be ready for him?
I can think of numerous words that describe myself: wife, mother, Christian, down to earth, loyal, good listener, stubborn, sarcastic, lazy, and the list goes on. Did God create me to be all of these things? Indeed he did. He knows who I am – he knew before I was born who I would be. But he also created me to be more than the sum of my personality traits. He created me uniquely qualified to minister to those who he planned to put in my path – my family, my friends, my coworkers, the people I meet at the grocery store. I can listen to them, tell them about God, show his love to them.
I, with my weaknesses and flaws, can show others what it means to be a Christ follower. I, a regular person, not a minister or Biblical scholar, can love other people in the way God intended them to be loved. Plain old me can spread the news that God is coming. Here’s the catch: I have to be confident in who I am – a Christ follower. I need to put aside my self-doubt and uncertainties to let God work in me. He will use me to further his kingdom if I stop questioning myself and start believing that my true purpose is to lead others to Christ.
Are you ready to say, “I know who I am. I am a Christ follower!”?