Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Today’s verse is a reminder that the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is meant to be shared. These are Jesus’ words to a few ordinary men. They weren’t scholars or priests. They were his friends – fishermen and tax collectors by trade, now called to carry the gospel to others. I am certain it felt like an impossible task to them. One for which they most likely felt ill-equipped.
Jesus’ words weren’t just for his followers 2000 years ago. They are instructions for you and for me. We probably would all agree that the message of Jesus’ love for us is for everyone. We all need to hear it…to believe it…to accept it. But when it comes to talking about it, most of us would rather leave that to the professionals – the pastors and the church leaders. Much like the disciples, we feel ill-equipped to talk about matters of faith. But remember Jesus’ instructions were to his friends, those who walked with Him and ate with Him. He simply wanted them to share what they had experienced. Jesus knew that their personal encounter – their individual stories would hold great weight and draw others to the love of God. The same is true for your story – your personal encounter with God. God is calling you to simply share your experience, your personal encounter with Christ, with those around you.
Here’s the best part…Jesus promised to be with you always…until the very end. Don’t be afraid. Let God walk alongside you and infuse you with His power and love as you share what He has done for you.