Calling John 1:19 – 34
I have so many conversations with people who are seeking the same answer what should I do? what is my purpose. Its easy to confuse what we do (actions) with who we are (calling). So much of what we do, should arise out of who we are and who we are called to be. God creates each of us to reflect something unique about his character and nature; thats what it means to be made in the image of God. How grounding and life changing is it to know your calling.
John the baptist is introduced to us in vs 19 his testimony about himself shows this confidence in his calling John both knew who he was and what he was called to do. 22… they said to him, Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself? 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said.
He also knew who he wasn’t. 20… He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 And they asked him, What then? Are you Elijah? He said, I am not. Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No.
The clarity in these statements is amazing. Jesus speaks of John his cousin in Matt 11: 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
So John was the Elijah but remember that wasn’t revealed to him John was not interested in title or recognition as a prophet we just knew what he was called to do and be….
He was called to bear witness to be a voice bring in the wilderness to herald and prepare the coming messiah Jesus. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me. 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.
Johns purpose was to reveal Jesus to Israel… In this age of celebrity, even celebrity preachers and pastors (a term I believe is an oxymoron), Johns stand is the complete opposite. Here we see a man who knows that he is not the guy, (the Christ) he is just a faithful servant heralding Jesus, pointing to Jesus, revealing Jesus to others.
Isn’t this the role of all christians to point to Jesus; not our leaders, our church, our program, or ourselves, but Jesus.
‘The Bible makes it clear that self-righteousness is the premier enemy of the Gospel’.Tullian Tchividjian
This ability to be assured of who you are in Christ comes from the firm foundation of knowing who God is. He is the sovereign Lord, the great I AM. He is the creator and we are the created Great I am nots. We should be satisfied and understand that we have all blessing and fulfilment in Jesus.
Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ’s accomplishment, not yours; his strength, not yours; his performance, not yours; his victory, not yours. Tullian Tchividjian
* Do you want more from God? is Jesus not enough?
* Do you know who you are In Christ established in his accomplishments not yours.
* Do you point people to Jesus or try to wave your own flag and blow your own trumpet?
Who is God? Who are we? What is our purpose? All these questions remain unanswered. I want to reach the genuine seeker of spiritual well-being. My goal is to satisfy the hunger and longing for those who are seeking the truth. — Ravi Zacharias
When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are and what we do and not by who Christ is and what he did for us, we miss the gospel – and we, ironically, become more disobedient. — Tullian Tchividjian
Only through repentance and faith in Christ can anyone be saved. No religious activity will be sufficient, only true faith in Jesus Christ alone. — Ravi Zacharias
“When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are and what we do and not by who Christ is and what he did for us, we miss the gospel - and we, ironically, become more disobedient. — Tullian Tchividjian”