John the Baptist
Read: Luke 1:57-60, 67-80, Mark 1:1-8
Think: John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin and God orchestrated things so perfectly that He used John as the one who would prepare the way for Jesus. John’s role was to prepare people’s hearts to hear the good news Jesus was about to bring. How does God want to use YOU as a messenger right now to prepare people’s hearts to embrace the love of God?
Hope: John’s message was, “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us (Jesus coming), to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79 (NLT) If you’ve ever felt like you were in darkness, walking through the shadow of death, or ever needed peace, know this: the light of heaven, Jesus, has come!
Pray: God, fill my heart with peace today as I remember that your light has come. May that light fill me up in such a way that, like John, I can’t help but go and prepare the way for others to hear about you!
Apply: Start identifying someone younger than you that you can mentor this next year.