Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 128/260: Read Matthew 3

John the Baptist played a vital role in preparing the world for Jesus Christ. There would be a dramatic change from the way things had always been before, and John encouraged the people, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Still today, Jesus needs folks who will prepare the people around them for Him. It may be a family member, or a close friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker. They still need to hear the message of repentance. Not because the kingdom is “at hand,” or nearby, but because the kingdom has arrived! Those who die without repenting and putting on Christ in baptism, without placing their citizenship in heaven (Philippian 3:20), cannot be admitted there.

Before we teach anyone, we must “bear fruits worthy of repentance” ourselves. One who teaches others about Christ must live a Christ-like life themselves. You have little chance to convert someone to a way of life that you are not willing to live yourself. If you have sin in your life, repent! “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

Make a list of people who need Jesus in their lives. Put your own name at the top of the list. Look for ways to infuse Christian character in everything you do, and encourage those around you to do the same.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 5:9. “________________ are the peacemakers, for they shall be called ________________ of God.”

Pray

Pray for opportunities to prepare someone else for Jesus.

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