Make a straight path
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ Matthew 3:3
This is an Old Testament scripture that prophesied the ministry of John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ forerunner to get people ready for the coming of their Messiah. However, it is the same thing we are doing today. Even though Jesus ministry started 2000 years ago, the ministry is still going on today and once again, we are looking for the coming of our Savior. Many believe that as Christians, we only need to sit back and wait for Him, but I believe there is a work to be completed before He returns. We are in that time right now and we are preparing the way for our Savior to return.
John’s message was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is coming.” We have the same message today. Now more than ever, the world needs to know that Jesus is coming, and He wants all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (see 1 Timothy 2:4) They don’t need to hear a condemning message, they need the message that God loves them and doesn’t want anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9 says The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. God wants all people in the world to know that He has made provision for them to be with Him for all eternity. He never intended for people to go to hell. That place was made for Satan and his demons, not for the people that God loved so much that He gave His only Son to connect us back to Himself and save us all.
So, what are we doing about it? I doubt most of us are as loud as John the Baptist was and quite frankly, I don’t think he had a great revelation of the love of God. However, He was effective, and many were drawn to him because he had a message of hope. Hope for a future and hope that their salvation would soon be there. We too have a message of hope and that is exactly what the lost people of the world need today. We have the answers to the hurting, depressed, searching and afflicted people of society, now let’s fill up with God’s love and compassion for these people so we can lead them to the answer to all their ailments, that is Jesus.
Today I want to encourage you to take a small step out in faith toward someone who is lost and needs a Savior. Share the message of salvation by telling how He saved you. Share a scripture or a prayer with someone who is sick or hurting in some way or invite someone to attend weekend service or a small group with you. You can even give extra offerings to missions abroad to reach others far away or support a local ministry that helps people get off the streets. Seek the Lord’s direction and ask Him to send people your way that you can help. He said: The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. So don’t just sit around waiting for Jesus to come back, become a laborer today and get out there in the fields that are ready to be gathered in.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 3:1-6
1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ” 4 Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.