Mark 1:1-20 2 Samuel 2:1-3:1; Daniel 1
There’s a line that’s become a meme to caption any picture that shows a big mistake: “You had one job.” You might see a picture that shows a misspelling on a sign or hamburger buns in a hot dog wrapper or something like that. We all laugh, and then hope we don’t make any obvious mistakes like that ourselves. You could say of John the Baptist “you had one job…” but you couldn’t show failure. His job was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.” (Mark 1:3) If you think about it, that verse describes the job we all have as followers of Jesus. We are to prepare the way of the Lord. We are to show others the joy of living in Christ and make people realize that they want to have their lives restored with God too. How often do we fail because we get distracted? How often do we fail because we think we have a different job, or wish we did. There are many ways to do this job. We might be in vocational ministry. We might work in an office. We might work out under the hot sun or the freezing rain. However we make a living, though, we should always remember our one job and live in such a way that people are drawn to the God we serve. Do our lives prepare the way of the Lord or set up a barrier? We have one job.
Lord, I confess that too often my life sets up barriers to people wanting to know You. I mess up. I get road rage. I yell and get angry. I show greed and I lack compassion. I do all these things knowing that they don’t honor You. I repent. Let my life make it easier and more compelling for others to want to follow You.