The ministry has been blessed with a significant increase in the number of new volunteers over the past two quarters. This article reminds us that we are each called and have the ability to participate.
At the end of Jesus time on earth, he gave the Great Commission. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Evangelism can be difficult and filled with challenging stories and people. The message can fall on hard soil and others seem to be dedicated to everything other than hearing truth. But the call of Jesus to make disciples was sandwiched between two incredible promises.
The first promise is a reminder from Jesus that “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” This should give us peace as we share the Good News. No person, situation, relationship or issue is outside Jesus sovereign control. Nothing in heaven or on earth happens without him allowing it to happen. He commands all things and his power and promises are as sure as his resurrection was when he defeated death.
The second promise may even be better when he says, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This is not some hollow greeting card moment of Jesus saying I got your back and let me know how it goes. He is actually reminding us he is God with an “I am” statement. He is telling us that wherever we go, and whatever may happen, he is there. He is reminding us that his power is complete and is forever.
Ministry can be tough and has moments of rejection and despair. But we can be confident in the absoluteness of Christ’s power and authority. We can be certain in his promises. And we can be sure he is with us.
Hope is found through Jesus and, as we share that with the lost, we pray that it would encourage you. We are seeing more professions of faith and people coming to know Jesus. Please pray about how you can join us in the Great Commission.