One Way

Admit the Need, it is hard for us to do (Matthew 3:2-6). I don’t know about you but I lose my cool on rare occasions and fly off the handle, my quick-witted self might say something I should not. One of my mentors used to say that poor pitiful piece of trash. If we aren’t careful we’ll adopt the expressions of others, and nothing God makes is trash. Though you and I have made some really good attempts at trashing our lives with sin. Thank God that He sent people to share the simplicity of faith, of learning how to talk right and to live in a way that pleases God with our whole lives. When the Lord sent John ahead of Jesus, Isaiah 40:3 records him as a voice crying in the wilderness his message was simple. Matthew 3:2~Repent (μετανοέω metanoeō), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (ESV) 

(μετανοέω metanoeō) the word translated repent to turn, to change one’s mind, turn around. It denotes turning from sin and towards God. This word is much more than regret or remorse. Repentance involves sorrow, but it is a sorrow that leads to a changed life. A synonym for the word repent is convert. We were one thing living one way, and we are remade in the image of God’s son. The reason for repentance Matt records is that the kingdom of heaven is at hand (3:2). Matt uses the phrase kingdom of heaven 33 times. The phrase is synonymous with the kingdom of God. Therefore, the thrust of John’s mission is to herald the Way, Jesus Christ. Matthew 3:3~This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one calling in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. (ESV) If you were sharing the Lord with a friend or co-worker and they asked, How do we prepare for God’s kingdom? What would you say? You would take them to James 4:8~Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NIV) Notice James says come, draw near, then clean your lives, hearts, mind.

The way to prepare for God’s kingdom has always been to repent—to turn from sin to righteousness. 2 Chronicles 7:14~If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (NKJ) Now John wasn’t the stylish man before you, there was no beard wax, quaffed hair, skinny jeans, and boots. He held no penchant for haberdashery or personal property. No, he was a more rugged man in a style devoid of flannel and fleece. He wore a garment of camel’s hair, not the faux-finish fashion fit of double knit as you wore as a young child bearing the twins of poly and ester. This was the real deal, I rather picture the Boer goat with its Jack Russell-esk styling of white bodies and reddish-brown heads. Tying this ensemble to gather a leather belt wrapping his waist (Matthew 3:4). Probably wide and so out of fashion, it was a revival of the prophets of yesteryear. 

That’s right, John was a perfectly primed candidate for what not to wear. Sometimes as a believer we think we want to fit in, but that is not what we were called to do. We were called to tell people about Jesus. I hope that you will take ownership of your faith and begin sharing all that Jesus Christ has done in your life.

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