Preparing the Way
Read Matthew 3:1-12 - story of John the Baptist
Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, "Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness; make him a straight, smooth road through the desert. Isaiah 40:3 (TLB)
Kathy Bunse is from Missouri. She likes to hike, so she volunteered to help clear a new path at a local nature area. Walking to their work area wasn't easy. they crossed a couple of streams, inched down steep inclines, and trudged up hills. Carrying sharp tools made the journey even more difficult. Thankfully, their project leader had prepared for their arrival by tying ropes to sturdy trees that enabled them to descend and climb slippery slopes.
After several hours of cutting back limbs and removing small saplings, they reached the top of a hill and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the lake. Because of their work, future hikers will enjoy the same view, then continue on down the completed trail.
As Kathy worked, the words, "Prepare the way for the Lord," came to mind. She thought about how John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus' ministry and how Jesus prepared the disciples to spread the gospel. Each generation of Christians paves the way for the next. Scripture, prayer, and the support of fellow Christians guide us on our spiritual journey. With these tools, we are well prepared not only to tell people we meet about Jesus but to enable them to see Jesus through the way we live.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the faithful Christians who have spread the gospel through the years, Guide us as we prepare the way for new believers, in Jesus' name. Amen.