In the first-century world, before a king came to visit one of his cities, the call would go out to prepare the roads on his path – to make the way level and straight and free from any possible danger. When God prepares a people for a great move on His part, He always calls them to make themselves ready by repentance – confessing and turning away from sin, and consecration – setting oneself apart exclusively for Him. “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (Lev 11:44). Before Jesus began His earthly ministry John the Baptist was sent to “Prepare the way for the Lord, [to] make straight paths for him” (Mark 1:3). John was calling for the people to prepare their hearts for the Lord by repentance and consecration. He declared a clear warning of the coming wrath of God – but you might be surprised to know his comments were aimed directly at the “religious leaders.”
Christians have pleaded with God for a great move of His Spirit in the world. We want Him to “do amazing things among us.” But are we hearing the call to prepare the way for Him? Are we heeding the call for repentance? Am I carefully examining my life for habits, desires, laziness, distractions, and selfishness that serve as a quiet rebellion against God? Are our lives straight paths for the King? Are we consecrating ourselves unto the Lord? Are you willing to let go of everything that draws your heart away? Are you getting rid of the things that compromise your testimony and drag you into the world? What T.V. shows, movies, music, magazines, and websites need to go to make your heart ready for the Lord? What attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, rights, and worldly influences do I need to turn from in order to be used for the Kingdom of God?
I believe God is getting ready to do a great work in the world. But it will require His people to will set everything aside and prepare the way. That means wholehearted devotion to Christ and an unwillingness to compromise with the world. I also believe a great battle is coming in this nation; the lines have already been drawn in our culture and our courts. Only people with pure, consecrated hearts will be able to stand firm in the face of it. Beloved, how will you get ready?