Devotions for November 27, 2017

JOHN 1:19-23

The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants[a] from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”[b] “No.”
22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”[c]

KNOW YOU AREN’T GOD

Where does John the Baptist’s peace come from? John the Baptist is very aware of his identity. He knows who he is, and he knows who he’s not. He isn’t God, he doesn’t have that weight, that responsibility. He is free to be who God has created him to be and to let God be who he is.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How does John respond to the ones asking him about his identity? What does he say immediately?

Q: It’s easy to say we aren’t God but still act like we are. What are some areas in your life right now that you have not given God control over? Are they taking away your peace?

Q: Who in your life needs to know about the peace of letting God be God and letting us be who he created us to be?

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