Luke 1 is really interesting for a couple reasons, but as I read it tonight something was different.
Luke 1:17 “And he will go before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
John, a baby who hadn’t even been born yet, had been given this huge mission – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
God calls us – sometimes before we are even born – to do great things. Every one of us has a purpose, and while the journey may look different from person to person, the end result is the same – to make the name of Jesus famous and to make disciples. Do you know what great thing God has called you to do? If not, ask Him.
The end of that verse is what struck me the most: to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
And it caused me to ask myself this:
Do I live in such a way that makes people ready to encounter, interact with, and receive the Lord? Or do I live in a way that confuses, discourages, or even turns people away from Jesus? We have the power to influence the people around us and to share the hope of Jesus. Use your influence to build up and make ready people who are prepared for the Lord, so when the time comes they might receive Him.