The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation. ’”
John the Baptist understood why God put him on this earth. He knew that he was born to prepare the way for Jesus. It had been four hundred years since God had spoken through a prophet. The people needed to be prepared for God to speak through His Son. John embraced his mission as the preparer of the way.
Why did God put you on this earth? What calling has He put on your life? What job does He want you to do for Him? What path does He want you to make straight? What rough road does He want you to make smooth? How will the people in your life see the great salvation that God gives?
Life is too short to miss our mission. Let’s pray for God to make our life’s purpose clear and let’s pray that He will give us the courage to be about His business.
Father, this life goes fast. I don’t want to miss a single day’s assignment. Help me know and accept my mission in life. Help me sense Your pleasure in whatever vocation You have called me to. Help me experience the joy in using the skills You have given me for Your purpose. Lord, give me the courage to do the things You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.