“I am with you always, even to the end of the age”
I can remember several times in my life when I had to do a job or work on a project that caused me to feel overwhelmed. There may be a standard of excellence that you are not entirely confident that you can live up to. Maybe the last person who filled your position was incredible at his or her job and now your boss is looking to you to fill their shoes. Working somewhere like that will stretch and test you in every way! Have you ever been in this position?
Can you imagine how Jesus’ disciples felt as He was preparing to leave them. Jesus had preached with authority, worked mighty miracles, cast out demons, calmed storms, raised the dead, and had even been crucified and raised from the dead! Then He turns to those who had personally walked with Him for a few short years and said (in my own words), “Well boys, that’s how it’s done. You guys take it from here.”
Talk about some big shoes to fill! The pressure must have been incredible. Then Jesus makes a tremendously encouraging statement, “I am with you always”. Do you realize the great commission was not just for the disciples of Jesus? We carry the same commission! We have not been left to do this incredible job powerless, without instruction, or alone. The Lord is with us and He will meet us every step of the way!
I was so blessed this past weekend as we held our first service under the bridge. Those who were living in tents and cardboard boxes were so eager to dress in the nicest clothes that they owned and worship with us. We gathered around for worship with a guitar and a couple of vocalists. Then I experienced something I honestly did not expect in that type of setting, the tangible presence of God! The Lord met us under that bridge. People were weeping and receiving the Word with open hearts. Every person in attendance was eager to receive prayer. People met Jesus!
We expect to experience God’s presence and power in a church building, a revival service, or a conference. I believe with all my heart that God wants to meet us in our homes, in the check out aisle at the grocery store, and even under a bridge with a group of homeless folks. Aren’t you glad Jesus promised to always be with us?