Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Have you ever been given a task that initially seemed overwhelming? Maybe it was closing a deal, parenting your first child, learning a new position on the field, or completing a project in school. How did it turn out in the end? Likely, once it was complete, you realized that it wasn’t as hard as you thought and gained confidence in the final result!
For many, today’s passage might seem daunting – until we understand exactly what Jesus is asking of us and equipping us to do.
God’s plan to share His love with the world didn’t end when Jesus ascended to Heaven. In fact, the work was just beginning. As His followers, He’s counting on us to share His message of hope. And we don’t need to be biblical scholars or move across the globe to obey this command. Jesus is telling us that as we go throughout our day — at work, the gym, a restaurant, the classroom, or the grocery store — we are to be ready to share with others what God has done in our life. We should always be on the lookout for opportunities to listen, empathize, and encourage others who don’t know Christ.
You might be thinking, “Well, I still don’t feel equipped. I don’t really have a story to share.” If you are born again into God’s family, then you have a story to share. Simply talk about your life before accepting Jesus, what led you to Him, and what He’s done – and is doing currently – in and through you. And here’s what’s great! Jesus promised that He’ll be with us always. He wants to partner with us in this process and give us the words to say. So, be confident and fueled by God’s Spirit as you go and share the hope that’s only found in Him with others. Do so, and you will be blessed!
Dear God, It’s humbling to know that You have chosen me to be a part of your great rescue plan. Please open my eyes today to see the people around me the way you see them. Give me the boldness to take advantage of every opportunity You put in my path. Amen.