“I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Jesus had just told his disciples to go out and train everyone they meet and to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This was a tremendous challenge to the eleven men who had served an internship under Jesus, by watching him as he taught and performed miracles.
I think of how I see myself in ministry opportunities. If I agree to teach a bible class: Does it have a time table—six weeks, eight weeks? I may think: Are there folks in the class who are retired pastors or who carry their bibles everywhere? Before I commit: Is there someone who can take over my class in case there is a week I can’t make it?
I almost psych myself almost out of teaching a class because of those questions. Jesus didn’t give the disciples a chance to ask questions. He told them to go and do until the end of time.
Fortunately, when I have agreed to teach a class, the Holy Spirit steps in to remind me that he will be with me and guide me until the last session ends—and it has always been a blessings for me.
Thank you, God, for providing me with confidence when called to serve you. Amen.