23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” - John 1:23
No, we are not the Messiah. We are not Christ. But, and it’s a big but, we are the ones chosen to make a straight path for him to come into the world in which we live. There is responsibility that comes with the Christmas story. We tend to shy away from the part of the story that requires something of us. We gravitate toward the parts where we receive because of the birth of a baby and steer clear of our role in the kingdom. We are attracted to the wonder of the child, his glory, and his purpose of salvation. We shout a Savior has come with glad and joyful hearts. But we must do our part and make a way. We must make a way by living in such a manner where other people, unbelievers, those struggling with faith issues, those crying out for hope in their life, can see Jesus in us. Our path is built on the work of Christ in us be manifested through us. Our path must be consistent with the teaching of Christ, not the perceptions of people. Which is really good news because perceptions about Christianity often involve perfection. We will never be perfect but we will be a path maker building on the foundation of God’s redeeming grace in our life and seeking to live in that redemption, forgiven and set free. Be a voice of the true God making a way so people can see the Messiah coming.
Heavenly Father, be the construction manager in my life so my path reflects the glory of the newborn king. May my path show the way of Christ and the redemption and hope offered by his coming. May my path reflect the glory of his work in me. Not my work, his work. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Pray: “Jesus, be born anew in me today.”