There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. John 1:6-8
John the Baptist was chosen to be a witness for the Light of the World. John spent a lot of time in the wilderness, ate strange things, wore strange clothes, and had a fairly brash personality. If we had to choose someone to be a witness on our behalf, I doubt it would be someone like John the Baptist.
But as often is the case in Scripture, God chose people we would never choose to represent Him and to speak on His behalf. John would eventually pay the ultimate price for his allegiance but he was obedient.
Most reading this devotional have seen me write that we are in for dark economic and spiritual times in the United States, and perhaps in the West in general. Persecution will be a term we will be very familiar with. It’s not a premonition or some supernatural word I have from above, but it’s a mere reading of the times. The Church will need to go through some dark times and will be tested.
Just like John the Baptist did, we may face imprisonment for being a Witness to the Light. It’s been said “Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.” Deciding now that you’re going to be faithful to Christ is a lot easier when the pressure isn’t on us for it’s in these times of clarity and clear thinking that we can stand our ground. We do not know what we would say during those times but we can always harken back to this time, when the light was clear and bright.
Take some time today to reflect on what it means to be a witness for Christ.