The Great Commission
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I can only imagine how scared, worried, and significantly doubtful the disciples on that mountain in Galilee were. After all that they had witnessed, Jesus, who they had seen hanging on the cross, standing in front of them with a message for them to go out and continue His work. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I would have preferred to hunker down in a safe place for awhile. But Jesus’ message also came with a promise of security, that He would be with them along the way, always.
How did they know where to go from there? There was no manual, no “how-to” guide to teach God’s Word, no lesson on how to baptize the entire world. Did the disciples doubt? Absolutely. Were they nervous? Likely. Did they wish they could just hunker down? Probably. But Jesus gave them the strength with His promise that He would never leave them.
I think a lot of times we wish we could just hunker down too. It sure would be easier to take the easy road and go through life without getting too far out of our comfort zone. But Jesus calls all of us to go and make disciples. Even when we might not have the strength to do it. And yes, we will doubt and stumble and forget . . . but Jesus will be with us every step of the way, forgiving us and giving us the grace to get back up.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to obey your command to go and make disciples. Remind us that Your grace is all we need to love our neighbors as You do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.