Luke 1:17 “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
There are special occasions for which we prepare carefully and diligently. Vacations to cherished destinations. Visitation to beloved friends and family. We prepare diligently for interviews, tests, and dates with that special someone.
Long before any of us were born, there was preparation made for our very existence.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
We have our lives planned out for us by our Creator.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
This holiday season for many is unique because of COVID. Have we left off preparation for the birth of Christ because of the situation and circumstances of the day?
I think of Joseph and Mary’s choices to continue in God’s will for their lives.
Joseph must have prepared in His heart to be loyal and obedient to His God. He followed the law and would have put Mary away had he not been visited in a dream and instructed to do otherwise.
Mary had to have had a relationship with God before the meeting with the archangel. Her humble response to the announcement and submission to the will of God for her life was admirable.
But together, the world didn’t see it that way. Joseph was most likely ridiculed for taking Mary though it seemed she had played the whore. They didn’t know what they knew. They hadn’t heard what they heard and experienced the things that transpired to prepare them for what was to come.
Many will decorate their homes for the season’s festivities. Others will send invitations to friends and loved ones to come and dine and fellowship together. Others plan concerts and productions depicting the Savior’s birth.
But what have we done personally in preparation for our meeting with our Savior?
Can it be said of us that we were obedient to the call to be a witness for Him?
Can we say we have lived our lives in such a manner that others can see Christ in us?
Is it before us to make decisions that will God-honoring?
Have we avoided all appearance of evil?
Has our speech been that which edifies and not critical, sarcastic, and demeaning?
Have we allowed the Holy Spirit to lead us to a more pure and holy life? Or are we living to please ourselves first and give God the leftovers?
I do not mean to give in to preaching a sermon here, but mainly to stress the point of each of us as God has impressed upon me to choose righteous living, holy living, and speech that will edify those that hear.
As Christmas approaches, may we take the time to take stock of just what it is we are preparing for. Are we working on our relationships as diligently as our shopping, wrapping, and gifting?
I am convicted for the times I feel like I have pushed Him aside for my wants and desires. It is easy to do during the holidays. Busyness is no excuse for leaving anyone behind. Especially God.
Prepare the way of the Lord in your heart today.