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Help for the Great Commission

When we look back to Jesus’ final words to his disciples before ascending to heaven, we’re met with words of commission: “Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus’ final words before ascending to glory could have been anything, but he chose to call us to be his witnesses and to make disciples of him (cf., Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8-9).

This lets us know our work as disciple-makers is important to Jesus, and if it’s important to Jesus, it should be important to us, too. But aren’t we often fearful—or shy, at best—when it comes to telling others about Christ? Here’s some encouragement for us: Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, and he knew we’d need help as his witnesses, so he promised to be with us always. In this Great Commission work he’s called us to, he hasn’t left us alone; he’s given us the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit empowers us to do all that God has called us to do. Now, that’s some wonderful news we can rest in!

As you rest in the abiding presence of the Spirit this week, ask yourself: "How can I be a witness of Christ? Who can I witness to? Where can I witness?" Ask the Lord to empower and embolden you, and then go in the power and meekness of Jesus. You won't be alone!

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