A Telling Name

I’m not even sure who thought of the nickname first

John 1:19-28

Reference: “He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I love nicknames. They show a level of familiarity and comerardery.

I never had many nicknames as a child but have seemed to pick up quite a few in my later years. One of my most recent ones is GIAD. This is the acronym for God In A Dress.

I used to lead a couple of my friends in a small group and they really appreciated our open, honest God conversations. I’m not even sure who thought of the nickname first, it just started getting bandied around.

While I love that our friendship is based on such good Godly discussion, the nickname is a little embarrassing. I am far from Godly in all that I do, and I could only hope to live up to this highest expectation.

Application: When John the Baptist started his ministry, people were trying to give him certain nicknames. They clearly saw something special in him so wondered if they should call him the Messiah.

But all that John wanted to do was to point people to the Saviour, not be the Saviour.

What a great example for us to live up to. No matter what name we are called or which stereotype we are put into our main aim is to point people to God.

Let’s not forget our main objective in life and strive for everyone to see God in us.

Prayer: Lord, may I only point people in Your direction. When they watch me may they only see You. Amen.

How can you point people to God today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.