“And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17)
Locusts and camel hair; that’s what I usually imagine when I think of John the Baptist. Not really “role model” material at first glance, but a closer look at him shows a man so clear in his life’s work that his commitment to the Messiah is unswerving. John the Baptist lived without luxury in the desert and learned lessons from that dry environment which would help him understand the spiritually dehydrated people he called to repentance. He spoke with conviction and gained followers, yet when the One for whom he had prepared arrived, his ego did not compete or discourage his own disciples from following the Lord. He was clear in his mission, and he fulfilled it with passion.
While we may not be called to the same extremes as John the Baptist, our roles are very similar. His job was to point forward to the birth and life of the Messiah, and ours is to point back to the death and resurrection of the Savior. The time to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” has never ended. Let’s keep pointing to the events which make the difference!
Are you prepared? How do you help others become “a prepared people”?