Today’s reading is one that we have heard preached from many, many times. It’s the Great Commission, Jesus’ command to the Disciples and to His church to go out and make disciples of all nations.
Today, listen to what He says to them, and see if some of the same things pop out to you today that popped out to me. Listen to Matthew 28: 16-20:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
You know what one of the first things I saw was? This – they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Ok, let’s think about who these “some” where. They were the Disciples. The very ones that had walked with Him, that had seen so very much, and were looking at Him, the resurrected Christ, in their midst.
They were also the very ones that Jesus was going to deploy into mission. They were going to be big, huge, things for Him.
And with all that, some of them still doubted, at that moment.
Just because you have doubts, or struggles, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t seen God, that you don’t know God, or that God won’t use you. Doubt is often a part of faith; we struggle, we believe, we grow.
You never grow if it’s always easy. Sometimes you have to go through the tough times before you can really grow. They doubted. Jesus was going to use them in a huge way in a matter or days.
Today, if you doubt, hold onto Jesus even more tightly. He won’t let go of you. He won’t. Hold on.
And one last thing, Jesus said this, Remember, I am with you, even to the end of the age. He told them to remember He was with them. Because at times, they may forget. Don’t. Don’t forget. Hold on. Hold on tight to Him.
And remember. Remember He is with us, always. Always. Don’t forget that. You’ll be tempted to forget. Remember even more deeply.
He will never leave or forsake, even when we struggle. Because He loves us. Never forget.
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