Thursday : January 2, 2020
John 1:20, 23 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.
It is interesting that we read this text which questions John’s identity at the very start of the year. One’s identity is crucial to a lot of things, particularly to their beliefs and moving forward with them. What is even unique about today’s text is the fact that John did not just know who He WAS NOT, he knew who He WAS.
We might be of the view that in forging identity, it is sufficient only for anybody to have a fair idea of who they are not. As good as it sounds, that alone is not a strong enough basis on which to scuplt our identity. Simply put, just because we are not one thing, does not always automatically imply we are another.
As Paul writes: For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed(Romans 8:13). That waiting is for a group of people with a specific identity. So beloved, before the year travels any further, seek to establish some ground rules, the first of which ought to include a clear statement of identity. One that establishes who you are, not just who you are not. It will come in handy.