Prepare The Way Of The Lord
By Lois J. Stucky (1928 – 2014)
Anyone seeking to help others prepare their hearts and lives for Christ’s Coming must themselves be prepared. And so Brother and Sister Moore, co-founders of the Herald ministry, strongly encouraged the staff to take the messages in Herald of His Coming to heart. As a result, through the years, along with receiving good instruction in the deeper things of God, there were also humblings of ourselves, repentance, prayer and a sincere effort to walk in all the ways of the Lord. The more we love the Lord the more willing we are that He point out to us ours sins, that we might repent and overcome by the grace of the Lord. We want nothing between our soul and our Savior!
God’s intent and provision is that the sin-bound life be changed into a Spirit-filled, love-filled life. It is a wonderful pursuit that draws on and on the soul eager to be among those who “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us” (Eph. 5:1-2). It pays to read First Corinthians chapter thirteen frequently and examine the love in our lives by this Word. It helps us know where we lack and for what we need to seek God earnestly. Most of us have dealt with the visible, external sins that are obvious and unworthy of a Christian, but the inward sins of the disposition we tend to cover or to disregard at the same time we long to be freed from them.
How do we learn more about loving as Christ loved? God’s Word is to abide in us as a transforming agent. And if we are willing and teachable, God will use the ups and downs of daily life and the variety of personalities we touch regularly to press us deeper into a life like His beloved Son. Happenings and people that we seek to avoid may be the very instruments God would use to make us more Christlike. Is not this the life that prepares Christ’s people to be joined forever with Him? Is not this what Christ desires to see in His beloved bride, the church? Is it not this that makes us worthy citizens of Christ’s kingdom?