As an adult, the word Christmas normally becomes linked with the need for preparation. We prepare our homes, gifts or meals in the anticipation of Christmas Day, often not really thinking about much after the Christmas season.
But what if the Christmas season wasn’t the end goal, but the starting line?
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, prophesying: “I baptise you with water but one more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worth to untie”. John humbly and obediently served in preparation for Jesus.
But before John, there was Elizabeth. Elizabeth was barren for many years until her miracle was fulfilled and she got her baby – John.
Luke 1:36-38 And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren and here she is six months pregnant, nothing is impossible with God.
Before John prophesied, Elizabeth prophesied.
Before John showed humility, Elizabeth showed humility.
Before John prepared the way for the Lord, Elizabeth prepared him.
Elizabeth showed John what it was like to live a life of faith and of grace and of power, no matter what her circumstances were. She was barren for years but still served and still worshiped God until her miracle came to pass.
The way she lived her life had influence which had a knock-on effect. It cascaded further. When we live glorifying Jesus, there is always a cascade – think about the person that first invited you to church and the person that invited them and so on.
Elizabeth prepared the way for John.
John prepared the way for Jesus.
As we prepare for the Christmas season, consider who we are preparing for. Are we serving with a gracious heart? Are we loving people harder? Are we sharing the real reason for Christmas and inviting people to church? That invite could be the reason for someone opening their heart to Jesus and sharing Him with their circle.
Consider the cascade effect.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.