Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 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 everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 CSB
At the end of Matthew we find the Great Commission. In this Jesus called on his church to make, baptize and teach disciples across the world. Some would limit this commission to just the original group of disciples. But most of us accept this as Jesus’ charge to his church, to all believers. This charge may seem overwhelming. But Jesus ends by reminding us of something that will make the task much less daunting. He is not sending us out on our own to do this. He will always be with us, all the way up until his return.
I am so thankful for his promise the “I will be with you always”. And for the Spirit of Christ within, giving assurance of salvation, instruction in God’s way, and enabling me for service to my Lord. Living the life that Christ calls us to would not be possible otherwise. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift (2 Cor. 9:15)!