I’ve been called worse, Yes, I am a Christian (261)

What would you like to be known for?

What act would come after your name?

‼️JOHN THE BAPTIST ‼️

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand”

He was a forerunner Πρόδρομος

Pródromos, a scout, a guide, they had a following, fruitful, their path was valuable, go before, prepare the way for a king coming, make an announcement

If you were to be coined by your life, what would you and I be called?

What would you be happy to be called?

Jesus was called many names, up to fifty… some of which were, Rabi, Teacher, Beelzebub, Carpenter’s son, King of the Jews, Lamb of God, The Christ the Son of the Living God.

What would you be happy to be called?

John was seemingly obsessed with two things,

Declaring that everyone should repent and symbolically calling them to account through the act of baptism. He was Jesus’s forerunner, nothing else mattered.

He didn’t seem to care about

1. His dress-code.

2. His diet.

3. What others thought of him, especially the government or the religious hierarchy

Here is a man raised in an environment from birth where he knew he was different. He was separated from the world.

We spend so much of our lives being called everything but what matters most.

I want to be COINED, Tom the Christian, a devout follower of the teachings of Jesus.

‼️They’ve called me much worse‼️

1. A workaholic

2. A religious nut, one of those born again types

3. Mr encourager

4. Mentor

5. Hypocrite

6. Manipulator

7. Self Righteous, proud

8. CEO

9. Friend, loyal friend

10. Lateral thinker, enigma

I want to be COINED, Tom the Christian, a devout follower of the teachings of Jesus.

I don’t want people to think I’m spiritual like them just because they see themselves as spiritual. Unless they know Jesus Christ through repentance, then we are worlds apart.

I know too much to water down such a brilliant message.

John the Baptist knew too much, he had no choice but to speak what he heard and saw.

He was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mothers womb. Separated for the glory of God.

What do you want the world to coin you?

Matthew 16:24-26

In the words of Jesus, Take Up Your Cross and Follow Him.

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

So what if I achieve great things, receive accolades and awards at the cost of losing my identity.

I know too much and what I know is not For Sale. It must be given freely in order for others to experience the same blessed life I have.

Yes, I am a Christian, unashamedly that’s where my source of power comes from. Following Jesus.

I’ve been called worse, YES, I am a Christian. I had the privilege of preaching this blog at Destiny Christian Centre, Perth. I hope it encourages you in the digital world as well.
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