“I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord’.” John 1:23 John was a voice preparing the people who would hear the living Christ but moreover one who would work to make a straight way for the Lord. What this meant was to live with integrity and be the prophetic voice to his people. This phrase comes from Isaiah 40:3-5 where Isaiah is preaching to Judah and making straight the way or highway meant to prepare the way for the visit of a monarch.
As I have visited with pastors and their churches in the West District in the last month, I’ve been amazed of the numerous ministries and people who’ve been impacted by these congregations throughout the years.
This verse stuck with me as I was growing up in the church. Moving from a farm life to the city as a teenager was overwhelming and frightening for me. However, my grandmother would recite this verse in a form of a prayer. Somehow, she knew this verse would play a key role during my early years as a Methodist.
This will be my last article to you as your District Superintendent and as an active pastor. As I thought about what last words I want to share, I keep coming back to John 17. In these final words of Jesus, he shares his prayer that we might be one with him and each other. His final lessons and message are given so that we can share completely in his joy. (John 17:13) As I approach this final month in this season of ministry, my heart is filled with gratitude and anticipation.
Discipleship is the center of our mission as a church and the center of our practice as Christians. Disciples are people who not only want to know Jesus, we are people who want to be like Jesus. Jesus lived in absolute sync with God. In fact, Scripture tells us that the two moved as one.