After bringing peace to the Roman world, communication, travel, and language together—God called up his messenger—John the Baptist, who was finally ready to speak revealing in the second addition of Mark My Words that…
In Times of Silence God is allowing us to prepare for the world! (Mark 1:3) “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” This verse is a quotation from Isaiah 40:3 which is a call that as God prepares, the silence is an opportunity for us to prepare for the world. A time for our lives to come to alignment with his will. I love the language that Mark uses to describe the ministry of John the Baptist—the messenger begins preparing the people to stand apart, to make the paths straight—everything about him stood out—he wore camel’s hair clothes, ate locusts dipped in honey, and he called the people not to his lifestyle, but as “they went out to him” away from their sinful lifestyles. Baptizing in the name of repentance through confession of sins. Every part of his ministry was preparing God’s people.
A friend of mine shared the story of being at his grandfather’s hospital bed with his girlfriend. They were laughing, talking, and hanging out. When the grandson could see his grandpa was tired out. He told him, “We are going to get going grandpa and let you rest!” As they prepared to walk out of the room, the grandpa motioned the grandson down to his mouth…Whispering he asked him, “HAVE I TAUGHT YOU ENOUGH?”—The grandson thought for a moment and told his grandpa, “Yes you have!” That night, the grandfather passed away!
“Have I taught you enough?” That grandfather understood preparation is an active process and that we never just prepare ourselves. How we live, work, spend time with our family, spend our money, react in traffic, handle conflict, we are preparing those around us intentionally or unintentionally for the future. In the call for preparation we have to combat the myth that runs rampant on Youtube, or celebrity tv, the overnight success. A lot of musicians will joke that it took 10 or 20 years to be an overnight success! We are each called to the mission the grandfather highlighted. The very purpose of life is not to seek out our own standards, but to become disciples preparing for God—Jesus said, “All power on heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.” How is a disciple to prepare? A disciple of Christ—knows what Christ says, and lives as Christ lived…In knowledge of Christ and living as Christ, you will find the fullness of life!