Preparing the Way

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. – John 1:6-7

For most of us to hear the message of Christ, there had to be a “John” for us! Who was your “John”? Who prepared the soil of your heart to receive the Good News? Who taught you the truth of God and called you to repentance and to excited expectation about what God would do in you through his Son Jesus and through the powerful Holy Spirit? Why not take some time today to write that person a thank you note? Why not make a renewed commitment today to be “John” for someone else who needs to know the Savior? Father, thank you so much for the following people who helped prepare my heart to receive the message of Jesus. Please bless my efforts at sharing Jesus’ message with others. Matthew 3:1-6 – John 5:31-33 – Matthew 11:1

Preparing the Way

John the Baptizer is the one that Isaiah the prophet was talking about. Isaiah said: “There is a person shouting in the desert: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord. Make his paths straight.'” John’s clothes were made from camel’s hair. John had a leather belt around his waist. For food, John ate locusts and wild honey. – Matthew 3:3-4

Preparation is hard work. To be the one who prepares the way for someone else’s travel, but doesn’t get to go down that road, well, that is even tougher. To live all your life so someone else can find the spotlight is toughest of all. But to lose your life in this cause, goes beyond words. John spent his life for one purpose: to prepare people to know Jesus as God’s Son, the Christ. Can our purpose in life be any less? What would happen if we decided to begin each day with the commitment that we would live, talk, act, and care for people with the express purpose that their hearts become prepared to acknowledge Jesus as Lord? So let’s find out, beginning today! Loving and patient Father, I’m a little slow sometimes to catch on to what you want me to do. But, I know you want me to live my life with the same purpose John lived his: to help prepare people to know Jesus as Lord. Give me eyes to see those searching for Jesus and a life that beckons them to follow him. John 3:27-30 – 2 Kings 1:7-8 – Malachi 3:1-4