John the Baptist is preparing the way for the Messiah, the one who will come in power and “baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Those who came out to John to be baptized were being prepared by John’s preaching. “What should we do?” they ask. John’s baptism is a baptism of repentance. God’s work in the people is by His grace. The evidence of that work will be found in the active demonstration of their love for their neighbor, bringing hope to other. How is God preparing you as He fills you with hope to share with your neighbor?