Thursday, 29 November 2012

Prepare Ye The Way

Our  city  is busy  repairing  roads  in  preparation
the  the world 's  largest  religious  fair  called  the  Maha  Kumbh, a
month  long  Hindu  festival which  will  be  held on  the  banks  of
the  Ganges  River. Pilgrims  from  all  over  India and  the world
will  start arriving in  December  and  many  will  stay  on  till   February  2013.
During  the Advent  season let  us  prepare  the  road  for  Jesus
to be  present  in  all  our  celebration. I   am  sharing  an  article  I  liked.

Building Roads for Christmas

By Steve Cartin in on November 29, 2012
Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exaltedAnd every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straightAnd the rough places smooth (Isaiah 40:3b-4)
Twenty-six days until we celebrate the birth of our Savior. So much to be done. Shopping lists stare us in the face. Holiday gatherings quickly fill our calendars. Such a busy time of the year, busy with opportunities for sharing the joy of Christ in unique ways.

Isaiah prophesied the Messiah’s coming, hundreds of years before the humble birth in Bethlehem. His words told not only of a coming event – they urged personal preparation: The Messiah’s coming must be prepare for in order to receive in its fullness.

All around us are opportunities to prepare the way of the Lord, opportunities to carve out highways in a desert of souls for the coming King of Kings. In Lead Like Jesus we use the progressive framework of the Transformational Journey: (1) Personal Leadership, (2) One-on-One Leadership, (3) Team/Family Leadership, and (4)
Organizational/Community Leadership. Praying through the Transformational Journey model helps us identify opportunities for creating inroads for the gospel in this Christmas season.

On the Personal level, where are the deserts in your own soul, the dry spots in your spiritual experience?

In the One-on-One arena, with whom are you working to build trust through the patient, kind, humble, other-serving/other-seeking love of 1 Cor 13? How is that going?

As you work with Teams in ministry or other settings or with Family, how well are you honoring their diversity and the power of teamwork?

At the Organizational or Community level, are you pointing those you lead to the higher purpose for which you have gathered together?

The desert of our days requires new energy for building roads upon which feet who bring good news can travel. Like points on a compass, the four stops on the Transformation Journey can guide us to go into all of our world as we prayerfully seek where the Lord is leading us this Christmas season.


9 Fertilize my soul:

Terra said...

I like your theme "let's prepare the way for the Lord", and if we all do a little it adds up to a LOT. Your friend, Terra.

Lauren Davenport said...

Yes - we need to prayerfully seek where the Lord is leading us this Christmas season. Bless you, my friend.

Just Be Real said...

Amen to the guidence of the Lord. Thank you Amrita for posting. Blessings.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

I really like your analogy with preparing the way...and building up....Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Felisol - Elise Ljung said...

I love the mighty prophesies of Isaiah, as do I love Händel's music from the mighty Messiah.'It opens with Every valley..
Let's at least make roads in our heart for the Lord this busy time of the year.
To stay focused is challenging.

Zim said...

So I will pray for this initiative. World need Saviour in every time and every place.

Cyndi Lacefield said...

I really enjoyed reading this. I will keep praying for God to open doors for you to share with people the truth that salvation through Jesus is the only way to be saved. I will pray that they see the light of God's love in you and want that in their own lives. I love you, Didi

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Ash said...

Sending you lots of hugs and prayers. Have a nice weekend!