In the Great Commission, Jesus gave us many instructions. He instructed us to go, to make, to teach and to baptize. But in His Great Commission He also gave us great a promise.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Gideon tested the Lord because ultimately he needed encouragement to face the task that the Lord was giving to Him.
Often times it can be the same with us. Our preoccupation with a “calling” or a “sign” from the Lord, may simply be our cry for encouragement and for God to assure us and to say “You can do it! I believe in you.”
While there are many different ways that we can decide to go on a One Year Challenge, one of the best ways is to reflect on and remember Jesus’ promise at the end of His Great Commission.
Jesus promises that He will be with us, and that we won’t do it alone. His promise can be a deep profound encouragement to us, if we see in what ways Jesus will be with us.
- Firstly, Jesus’ promise means that we won’t be alone.
Sometimes our fears to step out on faith can be very simple: we are afraid to do it alone. Facing a large challenge or a monumental task can already be challenging, but facing it alone can make it ten times worse. Jesus understood this. In the Bible, we can see that the whole disciple-making narrative is filled with teams and groups of people working together for the Gospel. Not only is the Gospel work done in teams, but it is also done with God. In other words, we are on God’s team, and we don’t need to be afraid to face it alone.
2. Secondly, Jesus’ promise means that we will have His wisdom.
On the mission field, you will face new and unfamiliar circumstances. You will not only navigate new cultural terrains, but also navigate the motives of people’s hearts, their sin and their faith. It can be unfamiliar as it is uncomfortable. Jesus promises that even in those dark areas, He will be with us. Specifically, He promises that the Holy Spirit will be there to help us and to counsel us. It says in John 14:16:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-
3. And finally, Jesus’ promise means that we will have His power.
Our task has a distinctively supernatural quality to it. It involves bringing people’s immaterial souls to an almighty and powerful God. Ministry is the work of moving people’s hearts to God. Its an immense task. Paul even asked “Who is equal to such a task?” Yet it will not be completed without Jesus’ power, and because He is with us we will surely have it.