John the Baptist, who typified the prophet Elijah, was a messenger who proclaimed, “Prepare the way of the LORD”. That message preceded the revelation of Jesus as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.
It is vital that each and every person who claims to be a born again believer in Jesus Christ heed the exhortation of the apostle Peter to “be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure”. This is true because none of us knows when the Lord will come for us, whether it be individually in death, or collectively in the Rapture of the Church.
The fact is, it is all too easy to drift from intimacy with the Lord even while maintaining a spiritual façade. A key to fruitful Christian living is to simply abide in Christ. Simplicity and godly sincerity is the soil where God’s love is manifested most powerfully.
Make no mistake about it, the Lord Jesus is coming! The exhortation was once given to Israel: “Prepare to meet your God”! Are you prepared? As the bride of Christ, we’re to make ourselves ready for the marriage.
Caution is required to avoid what may be called departmental Christian living; that is, only thinking and acting like a Christian at certain times, or in specified places, or during particular activities. To be prepared to meet the Lord requires devotional Christian living, which is surrendering ourselves and seeking His will at all times. Caleb and Joshua wholly followed the Lord, and they alone, out of all who came out of Egypt, were thus prepared to enter the Promised Land.
To be devoted to Jesus, cleaving to Him in loving obedience and fellowship is the Christian life. All ministry, service, and giving are simply the overflow of meeting and walking with Jesus every moment of every day! By making our hearts His dwelling place, we are, in the truest sense, preparing the way of the Lord.
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”