When John the Baptist hit the scene, his battle cry was one word. One word with a big impact.
Repentance means doing a 180-degree turn. It’s about leaving self-centeredness that leads to lying, cheating, stealing, revenge, abuse, and sexual immorality. A person who repents ends the rebellion and begins to follow God’s way of living:
In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,
“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’”
The first step in turning to God is to admit your sin, just as John urged. John the Baptist also prepared the way for Jesus.
People who do not know Jesus need to be prepared to meet him. You can prepare them by explaining their need for forgiveness, demonstrating Christ’s teachings by your actions, and telling them how Christ can give their lives meaning.
Someone you know may be open to a relationship with Christ. What can you do to prepare the way for this person?