In Matthew 3, John the Baptist offers the following invitation: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
What does this mean? How can we make the Lord’s path straight? More importantly, what does this look like in our individual lives?
As with most things, there are multiple meanings and layers to be revealed with pondering and study. We’ve gathered three different ideas for you to ponder on.
A Clear Gospel
Heavenly Father wants all of his children to come home to him, perfected through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. To help us achieve this glorious goal, he’s provided a very clear path. It’s one of covenants, ordinances, faith, and endurance. It isn’t meant to be confusing. There aren’t any hidden rules or loopholes. Christ isn’t a debt collector waiting to trick us or entangle us. His path is simple, if often hard.
We can teach the gospel with clarity and simplicity. Whether it’s in a formal church setting or in conversations with those around us, choose to focus on the necessary things pertaining to salvation. Boldly stand by the covenants the Lord requires and offer invitations for others to journey towards essential ordinances.
An Unencumbered Journey
While we’ll all experience stumbling blocks in life, we can make a straight path to Christ for ourselves and others by removing what obstacles we can. We can minister to our dear ones by helping them overcome hurdles. We can be dedicated to making our wards and branches welcoming places for all types of people from all walks of life. We can address concerns, answer questions, and sit with someone through doubt until they’re ready to take another step.
We’re all walking this road together. If the straight path becomes difficult or our view becomes obstructed, let’s work together to clear those things away.
A Close Relationship
On a deeply personal level, we all need to develop a relationship with Christ. When we look straight ahead, do we see him? Are we moving towards him? He is rushing towards us, to help us, to lift us, to save us. However, we should be anxiously heading to meet him. Straighten your back, straighten your gaze, and take a straight step forward.