If John the Baptist were to throw a party today, he would definitely put balloons on the letterbox.
Reference: 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. (Luke 3:4 NIV)
Explore: I love driving along and seeing balloons on the letterbox at the front of someone’s house. It declares that there is a celebration going on inside.
But the balloons have a dual purpose. Not only do they help to set the party scene as soon as people arrive, but they also help guide people to the correct location.
If you are driving along the road, looking for the house hosting the party, balloons on the letterbox is a sure way for you to know you have reached your destination. The host is decorating as well as directing their guests.
Application: If John the Baptist were to throw a party today, he would definitely put balloons on the letterbox. He would not want people to wonder if they had the right place, he would make the destination very clear.
That’s what he did for the Messiah in the first century. He prepared the way for God by helping people to repent and turn their hearts back to God.
It’s like he was tying a balloon to every repentant person to direct God to their heart. He didn’t want anything to get in the way of God finding His people.
We can do the same thing in our world today. We can strip all the things away that stop people from accessing God. We need to tie a balloon to all our friends and family so they are prepared for God.
Sure, we will encounter some people who discard the balloon, but our job is to give them the best chance to present themselves to God, ready to receive Him humbly.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for being such a caring God that You want to notice us. Help us to remove any barriers others may have so that they can have access to you. Amen.
What is stopping some of your friends from coming to God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.