There are always a few very intresting people to read about in the bible one of those is John the baptizer. In other Gospels he is seen wearing camel hair shirts and eating locus and wild honey which I’ve read is intresting no matter how you look at it. But in the Gospel of John we don’t read this…in this Gospel, John is just a regular guy. Maybe someone you may even want to talk to. I spent some time considering the conversation these religious leaders had with him and it has really gotten me to think. They ask him a question, “Who are you? Are you the Christ, Elijah, the prophet?”. In my mind’s eye I interview John about this interigation and wonder what he was feeling and considering. His response is a confession, not a denial. He said who he was a voice proclaiming.
He got me thinking who am I? I can respond in denials or give an number of response, but do I ever confess? Do I proclaim boldly who I am or do I find things, groups, ideals to hide behind. John is comfortable and fully aware of who he is, he is a voice crying “make the way straight for the coming of the Lord” he doesn’t care what other think of that and clearly he doesn’t care what their reaction will be he has a mission and a purpose which he embrasses fully.
Who am I? I am a child of God. I am called to be in a relationship with God and to live with Him. To go where I am lead and to preach and share the message and live He directs. I’m a pastor. That is who I am. I’m unashamed, confess, proclaim that I am called to preach and encourage those I live among to exploretheir own relationship wth God. But who are you?