Blessed… Prepare the Way

When John’s disciples had gone, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A stalk blowing in the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in refined clothes? Look, those who wear refined clothes are in royal palaces. What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. He is the one of whom it is written: Look, I’m sending my messenger before you, who will prepare your way before you (Matthew 11:7-10, Common English Bible).

When I first read today’s lesson I kind of laughed a little at Jesus’ words. “What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in refined clothes?” When one thinks about John the Baptist, the last thing we should think of is refined clothing. John the Baptist, arguably is best known for his outlandish attire. His cloak alone was made from matted (at least as I picture it), shaggy camel’s hair. I often tell people, we are not talking about a camel-hair sports coat here. I feel certain John the Baptist was quite a sight to see.

Here is the real deal. John’s clothing really didn’t make any difference. It wasn’t about John’s clothes, it was about John’s mission. John’s mission was to be Jesus’ Elijah. He was to go ahead of Jesus, announcing Jesus’ arrival and preparing the way for him.

To me, John was a trail blazer for Jesus. He was to make a road where there was no road. For most of us, when we put a lot of time and effort into something, we want the credit. Such was never the case for John. From the very beginning, John the Baptist knew his role in the world. He was the prophet who announced the arrival of the Messiah. It was never about him. It was always about making a way for the one who was to come, Jesus, the Christ.

In yesterday’s lesson, John was asking Jesus if he was the one to come. Jesus gave his answer by telling the things that were happening, the things Jesus was doing. John the Baptist had put a lot of time and effort into preparing the way for Jesus. He wanted to make sure he was leading the way for the right person. He was. In the end, John the Baptist had done the job God had placed before him.

Not all of us can serve in the forefront. Not all of us want to do so. Still, God has something for all of us to do. Like John the Baptist, we have to find our way. We have to live out the work God has for us to do. It seems to me, that while we don’t make the way for Jesus himself, what we do as disciples is, make the way for others to find their way to the Messiah we already know. That, is a great place for our work in the world.

What do you do to make a way for others to find Jesus?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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