19 And this is the testimony of John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 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.” 22 So 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[h] the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
“And this is the testimony of John…”
I love that. Why? Because the next 3 things John says is everything he’s not. I’m NOT the Messiah. I’m not Elijah. I’m not the Prophet.
Most people would consider that a pretty bummer description of your calling. And I’m sure we can relate to John in that sentiment: I’m NOT the best. I’m NOT even the third best. I’m NOT eloquent. I’m NOT witty. I’m NOT funny. I’m NOT tall. I’m NOT rich. I’m NOT…
But that’s ok.
Because John used everything he was NOT to point to Jesus.
“So who are you?” they asked.
I’m just a guy who’s come to point you to Jesus. The one who IS…
The one who IS your messiah, the one who IS your prophet, the one who IS your joy, and your wealth, and your peace. The great, “I AM…”
I AM NOT a lot of things. And it’s exactly those weaknesses that help me point to all the great things Jesus is.
Instead of thinking as your testimony as everything you are. Why not try thinking about you testimony as everything you’re NOT?
- Because people can relate better to your weaknesses than your strengths.
- Because no one else but God can get the glory when you succeeded, even though you were NOT ________.