A Faithful Witness
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’”
Matthew 3:3 ESV
Had he lived at the time of Herod the Great, one could imagine that Desmond Tutu would have spoken up against the king’s oppressive regime. I’m sure that most of us will have heard the news of the passing away of Archbishop Desmond Tutu over the weekend. The President of South Africa led the tributes to this remarkable man. He said that he was “a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead”, one who stood up for “oppressed and downtrodden people around the world”. (1)
In a way Desmond Tutu could be compared to John the Baptist. Both were unafraid to say what they think, both preached a gospel of repentance from sins that harmed others, both faced hostility from the status quo, and both pointed to Jesus Christ. Both were preparing the way for a better future.
As we enter a new year, could we take lessons from these two remarkable figures? Our calling is also to practise the fruits of our living faith through compassionate and liberating deeds. In addition, ours is a calling to prepare the path for the Lord in all that we think, say, do and feel. This preparation involves our being “ready in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2 ESV), our being “ready for every good work” (Titus 3:1 ESV), “and, as shoes for your [our] feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15 ESV).
Great Father, how much we need you and this world needs you as we enter into a new year. Help me, in all that I do and say, to witness to Jesus and to prepare the way for others to come to him to receive his comfort and salvation. Amen.
Study by Gavin Henderson
About the writer: Gavin Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for GCI UK and Ireland
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