In John 1, it says that when he was questioned about who he was by the Jews (specifically the Jewish leaders), John the Baptist “confessed, and did not deny, but confessed” that he was not the Christ. Interesting phraseology the Holy Spirit uses here. John is clear on who he is and who he isn’t. I am sure there were a lot of people talking about John being the Messiah. I am also sure there would have been much to be gained on John’s end, even for a short time, if he had made the claim or even just allowed them to think it.
But that isn’t what he did. He confessed and did not deny. He made it plainly clear who he was and what he was there to do. And he did it with gusto.
In his book “Now, Go put your strengths to work”, Marcus Buckingham talks a lot about finding what your strengths are and doing that. More than just your talents and abilities, but things that you just HAVE to do or you are miserable AND are good at them. (Those things that you feel you HAVE to do and are lousy at are called “Hobbies”).
I just wonder, what would happen if more people would be willing to “confess and not deny” that they are not something that other people have made them out to be. If they stopped trying to fulfill the expectations of others, and instead zeroed in on the mission God sent them here for. Based on what I see in the Gospel records, John was pretty effective. It cost him his life, or did it? I don’t think it did. He may have been killed, but he most certainly lived the life he was called to.