Jesus has charged us to make disciples. Beginning by rescuing people from the grip of Satan through the authority of Jesus, then bringing them into the community of the church and teaching them to obey Him. He closes this command with a promise, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” What a promise! This promise is so encouraging, liberating, and challenging.
First of all encouraging to know that the savior of the world is with me and you. He has deposited the Holy Spirit to dwell within his followers. We literally carry around God every place we go. This results in great power and authority. Jesus brings with him freedom.
Next, it is liberating to feel that I don’t have to understand it all or do it all. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to have life all figured out. You don’t even have to be perfect because the one who has all the answers, has all life figured out, and is perfect is living within you. You are not the savior. You cannot be the savior. Do not carry that burden. You are simply called to introduce people to the savior.
The calling is also why the promise is challenging. Jesus is not with me always to enable me to sit on the couch and watch Netflix or scroll through Facebook with all of my free time. I actually do not need Jesus at all to do that. Jesus is with you always because he can and wants to use you. You were saved for the purpose of making disciples.
How often are you in a position where you need Jesus? Times when if Jesus doesn’t show up and do something then you look really foolish or if Jesus doesn’t show up then you are going to fail because you cannot do this on your own. Too frequently the answer is rarely ever are we in those positions. This is part of the reason why faith does not grow. If we are never relying on Jesus to work and show up then why would we expect him to? This stinks because he wants to work. He wants to save and heal and set free if we would just invite him to do it.
Knowing the promise that Jesus is always with you and the calling to make disciples, how are you going to allow Jesus to show up? Who are you going to start talking to about the good news of Jesus? Who are you going to pray would be healed? How are you going to allow Jesus to use you? He wants to! We should trust him!
Pastor Michael Covey
“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10
When All Seems to Crumble
Decorations of Christmas
Colors of Christmas
The Holy Spirit Fills You
The Son Denies Himself To Give You Life
Thank the Father
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
"Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
"name of the Father and of the Son and of Holy Spirit
Of All Nations
"Go and Make"
Why Were We Created?
Spiritual Discipline of Celebration
Spiritual Discipline of Confession
Spiritual Discipline of Silence and Solitude
Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity
Spiritual Discipline of Fasting
Spiritual Discipline of Meditation
Freedom, part 3.
Freedom, part 2.
Fear, part 4.
Fear, part 3.
Fear, part 2.
Fear, part 1.
God is for you.
Hold on to the truth