Thought for the Day – Tuesday 25th August

Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 11 : 11

John the Baptist was an amazing prophet, who told of the coming of Jesus, and baptised Jesus. He was a key character in the New Testament, and was beloved by Jesus. Yet, he was killed before Jesus’ work was complete on the earth.

He did not get see Jesus’ promises be fulfilled. He did receive the Spirit. He did not get to witness the resurrection, and so he missed the amazing gift everyone who has followed him was given.

We have received this Spirit. We have received the amazing gift of God’s grace and forgiveness made possible through Christ’s death and resurrection. John the Baptist did so much in his time, and yet did not get to see it through to the empty tomb and beyond. As people who have come after that, we have a responsibility to share the message of Christ.

Prayer: Gracious God, we are so thankful to be a forgiven and loved people. We give you thanks that you call us to go out and serve your people and share who you are with the world. Help us to live out this calling and share your grace with all that we have. Amen.

Action: Know you are enough, and go out and live a live filled with sharing that amazing grace.

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