HE WILL DRIVE AWAY THE FEARS
“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.”
These are very familiar verses and, like most Bible verses, some parts stand out. Jesus’ command is simple. He told his disciples to go, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them.
That is our part.
How does this passage make you feel? Do you find it easy to follow that command that in real life?
We may find it hard to share our faith because of feelings of inadequacy or a fear of rejection. It can also be hard to share the Gospel when we do it by ourselves, surrounded by people who don’t believe the same things. Those are some of the main reasons why we find it hard just go and tell everyone about Christ.
Sharing the Gospel may not be easy, but it’s not as hard as we make it out to be.
The key is in the verses before and after verse 19.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Before Jesus told His disciples about their part, He pointed out that He is in control. The power and the boldness to share the Gospel stems from His authority. And because He is all-powerful, we have nothing to fear. In verse 20, He promised to always be with us. We are never alone.
These are God’s promises.
If we focus on our part without looking at God’s promises, we can feel inadequate, afraid, or alone. Focus on Christ’s promises instead. He didn’t send us out by ourselves, equipped with only our abilities. His authority goes before us and He is always with us. Knowing that and believing that will give us the courage to follow His command.
Do you still feel inadequate, afraid, or alone? What’s else is keeping you from boldly sharing the Gospel? Let the light of God’s promises drive those fears away. Remember that He is always with you, to the end of the age.