Saturday 9 January, 2022

Matthew 3:1-6

3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

John the Baptist was an odd character. He dressed weird and ate weird things. He lived a simple life. But he lived with passion. He had a message on the inside of him which spurred him on and he wasn’t going to be deterred by crowds of people who came to listen to him.

His message was one of preparation. He knew the Messiah was coming and God used him to prepare people for His coming. John’s message was one of action: Repent! Make room. Clear the path. Get rid of the obstacles.

That message is still true for us today. God wants us to be ready. But what things in my life block His path to my heart? What obstacles need to be removed so that I am ready to receive Jesus today?

Father God, I want You to have all access to my heart. Please forgive me for __________________. Wash me and make me whole again. 

Written by Gab Martin

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