Saturday, December 19, 2015

Prepare the Way

Today's passages are Isaiah 40:1-5 and Mark 1:1-8

I know it's ridiculous, but I read this passage describing John the Baptist and I thought that he has to be like the cousin Eddie of the family. He's that weird cousin you hope doesn't show up for the family Christmas party. I mean, he had terribly tacky taste is clothing, he lived in the middle of nowhere, and the man ate bugs for goodness sakes!

You might say he was "different", or I guess could say he was the pioneer for "organic" cuisine. But we're not just talking about someone who was Mr Crunchy Granola… The man was cray! For real! 

BUT--He didn't do these things for shock value or to bring attention to himself. He was just a man who was completely sold out for Jesus. He didn't have to hold out for a management position like Eddie, because he already had a wonderful job. His job description was given at birth: "And you, child, will be call the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins" {Luke 1:76-77}. His only job was to point people to his cousin: Jesus. John just didn't give himself time to go buy hipster wear or shop at some trendy biblical version of Whole Foods. Every minute of his life was dedicated to showing people the way.

If I were John, I might get tired of being the weird one. I'd want to pass my plate of bugs to someone else and let them be the cray cray cousin for a bit. I'd go looking to find something a little more fashionable to wear, and something a little less nauseating to eat. 

I do wish to be so dedicated to Jesus that I don't care what's on my back or what's on my plate, as John was. I'm not saying I want to find recipes for locusts, but I am saying I want to prepare the way for Jesus for people around me. I want people to see joy in my heart and love in my soul and get them asking questions about where that weird optimism comes from. I deeply know the one who gave me hope and joy, and I pray I always have the wisdom and courage to show it.

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