Our scripture this week is John 1:1-18.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
John the Baptist speaks of Christ’s eternal nature and that through Him we can know God’s grace, which has always been there for us. John Wesley called this prevenient grace, God reaching out to us before we even know and accept His love. Jesus came to show us just how much God was willing to give in order for us to be saved.
We are called to follow Him, to give to the world as He first gave for us, and there is no promise that it will be easy. Many Christians in history and even today endure hardship for their faith. While we may not be facing such trials, we are told to take up our cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24-26), ready to do what is necessary to spread the Good News of salvation.
God’s grace is given to us and it is up to us to share it with all the world. We may stumble but He is there to steady us, we may fear the reaction of the world, but He is there to strengthen us. We go out in His light to show the world that He reigns in peace, not conquering through force but bringing our brothers and sisters into His love.
Gracious God, make us Your agents here on earth. Help us to tell everyone what You have done for us and make disciples of all people. Amen.