I get the privilege of meeting so many people. It’s become such a treasure to me to connect with people and learn some of their story and how the Lord is revealing himself to them. I’ve learned that when someone comes up to me in public and introduces themselves to just roll with it. I may not have met them yet, but they have met me through Grand Point. Every time it takes place I immediately go the same place you would–Stretch out my hand and say, my name is Kevin. Who are you?
You wouldn’t think that a question of just three words would produce such a difficult issue, but there it is. As it stands staring you in the face, you have to immediately come to a place where you can effectively articulate the depth of just who you are.
Typically, the answer that comes back is something predictable- I’m Kevin and I the Pastor at Grand Point Ship.
Do you see what I did?
And do you make the same fatal flaw?
You see, I’ve just tied who I am to what I do?
Why do we do that?
I wonder if it’s because we are still yet unsure of exactly who we are.
Think of it, of the last time you answered that question. The answer to who you are becomes your name and, without even having to be asked, we can launch into hours of what we do.
But what happens when what you do can no longer be done?
It rarely happens by your choice but nonetheless.
A simple accident, and the very trajectory of your life has changed because what you do can no longer be done and has become what you did.
You begin to find yourself living in the past and everything seems to be falling apart in your world because all you can think about is who you were.
In John 1, John captures the story and events around John the Baptist. He’s not rushed onto the scene, but has been working his angle for probably years up to this point. He’s gained a large following and because the climate, the culture is charged with the thought and anticipation of the pending Messiah’s arrival.
Here’s what the Author John captures about those moments:
“Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” ’John 1:19-23 NKJV
When it comes to the discovery of who you are, it’s really important, also, to know exactly who are you are not.
In response to their questions JTB first mentions, “I am not the Messiah.”
Can I just relieve you today from the areas where you feel you need to be the Savior!?
You don’t need to be the Savior. He’s One of a Kind and irreplaceable.
He doesn’t need your help at His saving and in fact, is there a chance that you’re just making the Saving more complicated?
When it comes to your marriage that in trouble- Let Him be the Messiah.
About that really troubled relationship you are in panic about- Let Him do the saving.
After preaching through this concept, a man came up to me and let me know that he heard the message and connected it to his troubled marriage. He left with a sense of victory now realizing that he didn’t have to be the Savior of his marriage- it was the Lord’s job to do the saving.
Who are you?
Are you mom?
Are you dad?
Are you son?
Well, what you’re not is Messiah.
You’re more than employed. You’re worth so much more than just a job you do, a role you fill and a position you occupy.
Somebody testify to this truth!