cleaningFor me, the days before Christmas are an opportunity to examine my heart, the throne of Christ. Much sin in our lives is easily recognizable. We feel a pang when the ‘wrong’ words slip out, a pang when an action hurts someone else, a pang when we are reaching for the 3rd (or 6th) oreo cookie.

However, there is sin that hides and lurks in the corners of our hearts, covered with cobwebs and dust, just quietly secreting its evil into our minds, behaviors, and lives.

This morning, as I made my way following the little superscripted letters and ending up physically far from the original Scripture where devotions began; I stumbled upon a jewel,  Matthew 3:3:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.

Matthew is referencing Isaiah’s prophecy which pointed to John the Baptist’s  mission.

First, the voice of Isaiah, “Make ready the way of the Lord” (Is. 40:3-5)

then the voice of Matthew (Matthew 3:3)

and the voice of Mark (Mark 1:3)

and the voice of Luke (Luke 3:4-6)

and the voice of John (John 1:23)

Remarkable, all four Gospels record Isaiah’s prophetic words.

Is Someone trying to tell us something?


Let’s look at the words ‘make ‘ & ‘ready’.  Somewhat of an odd combination.

‘Make’ — (verb) to bring into being; to form by shaping parts together; build. To cause; to bring about;  to prepare for use. BINGO!

‘Ready’ — (adjective)  prepare to act or to be used immediately; prepared in mind; willing; available immediately.

“Make Ready” — a phrase that combines doing with a sense of being, immediately!

Prepare the mind,
Prepare the will,
Prepare the throne room of the heart.

Then the next question is for what?  for whom?

For both,
“the Way of the Lord”

P.S. If you need a place to begin cleaning, visit Fragrance of Truth’s post, Monster Mother. Please know, I never said heart-cleaning wouldn’t be painful.