Today's verses are John 1:19,20: "And 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.'" My child, you have a testimony in the world, just like John did about Jesus.  Even in the earliest days of my ministry, there was opposition to me.  John was pointing the crowds of people that came to him to receive his baptism to me.  The Jewish authorities came to him to ask about his testimony about me.

Again, everyone has a testimony about me.  The question is, "What testimony do you give about me?"  Is it indifferent?  Is it silent?  Is it passionate?  Is it unyielding?  If authorities came to you today and asked you about your testimony about me, what would they conclude?  How would you answer?

They also asked John, "Who are you?"  If people asked you today, "Who are you?" how would you answer?  Who are you?  This goes far beyond simply giving your name as an answer to the question.  Who are you?  What is your identity?  Why are you living?  Why are you on this planet?  What is your purpose for living?  Would you ever say, as my friend Paul once said, "In him (Jesus/me) I live and move and have my being?"  Is your identity found solely and completely in me?

John answered this question by saying, "I am not the Christ."  He knew he was not me.  He knew his reason for living was to point people to me.  He knew his purpose in life revolved around me and me alone.  Would you be able to say the same thing?

Or do you believe the world revolves around you?  Do you believe that you find life only and solely in satisfying your own selfish desires?  If so, in essence, you are saying, "I am the Christ.  I am the most important person in the world.  I am the center of the universe!"

Here is my prayer for you today: May you have an opportunity today to share your testimony about me with someone.  May a door open somewhere, with someone, that gives you the opportunity to point people to me.  I pray today that you will know that I am the reason you live.  I pray you find your identity solely and uniquely in me, not trying to be me, but pointing people to me.

That is the reason you were created.  That is the reason for your life.

John knew it.  I pray for you today that you know it too.