A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
This scripture is the prophecy of Jesus. Jesus commissioned us to continue his work. We could consider the current state of our world a spiritual wilderness. It is up to the body of Christ to prepare the way for the Lord in the wilderness. We are in desperate times where the presence of God is needed as much as it was before the flood.
Hosea 10:12 Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
and showers his righteousness on you.
We are in a spiritual battle. We are in the desert, a dry land where God seems silent. God is not silent to those who seek him. We have a duty to God, to our loved ones and our community to prepare the way of the lord. Prepare hearts for salvation, healing and freedom. We prepare the way through prayer, fasting and spreading love. We prepare the way by living in his presence so fully that not only are our lives changed but those around us become changed.
Jesus is living water, not stagnant nor standing still. He is moving us into wider circles of connection. As disciples of Christ we offer hope in these confusing and heavy times. There is a Chaplain in Gaston county who touches an untold amount of lives on a regular basis, simply by having a conversation with people. He doesn’t preach to them, he simply offers them a safe space to be heard and acknowledged. He lets them know they are “seen”. This was this ministry of Jesus. Having meals and conversations with people that let them know, “I see you”.
Prepare the way in the wilderness by allowing God to show you his heart for people. Has the hardness of people exhausted you? Have you asked God how he sees these people? Have you prayed to have his heart for those that are deaf to the truth? Let us be intentional and consistent in making a highway in the desert for God’s hand to move, so that we may reap the fruit of unfailing love.