Day 15 // Preparation

“… He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.” Luke 1:17b (NLT)

Yesterday we looked at the miracle of John’s birth. Today, let’s consider the miracle of his life! The angel Gabriel told Zechariah that John would have a very special assignment.

Luke 1:15-17 (NLT) “… he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 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.”

I believe every life has a destiny. I don’t know what your destiny is, but parts of our destinies are similar as followers of Christ. We’ve all been commissioned as ambassadors of Christ, like John, to prepare people for the coming of the Lord. John was called the forerunner of Christ. He came to prepare the way for Christ; to announce His coming. His ministry preceded Christ up until he baptized Jesus. As Jesus’ public ministry emerged, John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John fulfilled his destiny and served faithfully. Still, even John was troubled with doubts when he was imprisoned for his faithfulness to Christ. Matthew 11:2-3 tells us, “When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask Him, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

That encourages me. Jesus didn’t rebuke John for his doubts. He loved John and understood his concerns and his trials. He knew it wouldn’t be long before John would be going home.

We are just one week away from our Christmas Eve services. They begin on Dec. 22nd – 24th. This is our greatest opportunity of the year to prepare people for the coming of the Lord! I can think of no greater adventure in your life or mine than seeing someone we invite to one of the Christmas Eve services come to Christ as their personal Savior and Lord! How awesome would that be? It can happen! John was just a man with doubts like you and me. Yet, he was faithful to point people to Christ. Now it’s part of our destiny to do the same.

Lord we pray for our family and friends who do not know You. Would you fill us with Your Spirit and power to take the risk and invite them? Thank you for the ones who took that risk for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Who are you inviting to the Christmas Eve services?

Pray every day that God will draw them to His Son this Christmas.