16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 ESV
All those who worship and believe in the one and only true God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been called by God for this pu him him him him him him rpose. God has given to us this command in our life here on earth no matter what our vocation is.
Jesus, the Son of God, gave this command to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. This is not the only time that this command was given. God called Abraham to give him this very same command. He put them in a place where they would be exposed to many other nations. Reading through the Old Testament you see how the will of God was accomplished.
The New Testament is also filled with many examples of how the will of God is accomplished. We see this as we begin the season of Pentecost. Over 3000 heard this messagemessage on the Pentecost day and believe in the one and only true God. This message came to many in their own language on that day in Jerusalem. It did not stop there, but these people took that message they heard in Jerusalem back to their different homes in their different nations. One event I remember was when Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading from Isaiah. Philip explained what the Scriptures said, he was baptized and believed through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the Old and New Testaments we hear about people who proclaimed the one and only true God sometimes suffered for their faith. We all know that our reward is not in this world, but it comes in heaven. Suffering comes with being a follower of the one and only true God.
Does this make you feel like you are able to do what God has commanded of us? Don’t feel like you are alone and there is no way YOU can do. For God has given you a helper, the Holy Spirit. Be faithful in your study the Word. There is no way we can do it on our own. There are also books and classes you can take that will help you. We know that God’s word will go out and accomplish that which he purposes. Martin Luther knew this all too well as he stood up for his faith in the one true God, so you too can because the Helper is a part of you.
This is not easy, but we know God is our refuge and strength. Live your faith daily through your words, actions, and thoughts. If you are having doubts, like some of those followers of Jesus on the day he ascended, be led by the Spirit knowing Christ died for you and God has forgiven you. This is a struggle all Christians face!
The peace of God which keeps you in all your goings in and out in faith, bless you.
LORD, help us all to do your will. He promises to be with you.