October 11, 2017
Read: Luke 1:5-25
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Scripture- Luke 1:17- He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”
Observations- Here we read about the prophecy to the people who would be his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, that John the Baptizer would be the forerunner of Jesus, one who prepared the way for the Messiah. What joy it brought them to know they got to have a part in God's unfolding plan to redeem His people.
Application- Each one of us has a role in "preparing the way" for Jesus Christ to be faithfully received by the people in our lives that He loves so much and yet are far away from Him or not yet aware of their great need for a Savior and a Lord. We may not be exactly like John the Baptizer, but God can use our unique gifts and graces to make an impact in the lives of all kinds of people for His glory. A study has revealed that it takes as few as 9 and as many as 26 significant, individual connections with Christ followers before someone steps over the line of faith. How are you helping "prepare the way?"
Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for all of the people in my life who made sacrifices to reveal Your great love for me. Thank You for how many folks didn't give up on me when it would have been easy to give up. Help me join You in preparing the way for others to say "Yes!" to a life transforming relationship with Your Son and my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.