Matthew 3:1-3 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
This season offers us, every child of God, the opportunity to be a ready witness of the reality of God. As the world looks to have happy holidays, we can tell the reason for the season.
But, if we don’t prepare ourselves, we will fumble and forget to look for those divine appointments to say something about the Christ child who came into this world. Our enemy knows that how we begin our day will affect the outcomes of many things.
A wife was once asked, “Do you wake up, grumpy?” She quickly replied, “No, I let him wake up on his own.” Our attitude is forged as we start our day.
Every child of God is encouraged to devote the beginning of their day to God by reading God’s Word, meditating on what we’ve read, and possibly journaling those thoughts for future reference.
Taking time in prayer is essential.
Could any of us go for very long if we never acknowledged the presence of those in our own homes? Of course not! God created us to not only be social creatures in need of human interaction, but He also made us need fellowship with Himself.
Prayer is a divine gift from God to interact with the One who has the owner’s manual for us. God knows more about how we feel, how we think, and what is right for us than we ever could.
We can become satisfied we are doing what is expected of us, checking all the boxes in methodical obedience. But, to have a vibrant, nourishing exchange with the God of Heaven daily can’t help but change us!
The evidence we gather that reveals to us and others that God is real must be proclaimed! A coworker may ask, ‘How is your day going?’ or ‘How are you today?’ We can respond, ‘Better than I deserve,’ or ‘One day closer to Heaven.’
We can say things that will cause them to think. But this doesn’t come without preparation. If something is important to us, we will prepare. Passing a test, following a particular recipe, or even going on a date, we all have those things we deem necessary enough to prepare so that they go well.
We are going to live with God for all eternity. I, for one, would like to know Him before I get there. Having a heart like the Apostle Paul reveals his desire to prepare.
Philippians 3:9-11 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
It is a blessing to have laid out for us such a comprehensive plan for life. Even a small amount of preparation can make a world of difference.
As you read this, I wonder how your preparation for today has gone. Did God give you something that later on He revealed the reason for opening your mind and receiving the truth He gave you?
Our Heavenly Father desires to be a part of our day, our decisions, and our direction. It must be our decision to invite Him into the decision-making process that begins with preparation.
What will you decide?