Devotion - June 3, 2020

Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Devotion by Chris Shiver

Two things strike me in this passage that wraps up Matthew's gospel:

The first is that some of the disciples had doubts even when seeing Jesus before them. But he didn’t scold them for their struggles with belief, he simply instructed them on what to do, trusting that the Holy Spirit would guide them even as they struggled with what it all meant. I have met and have faith in Jesus, and have so for over 25 years, but even today I still struggle with what I really believe and what to do with those beliefs.

The second is that Jesus' instructions were very basic without any details on how to accomplish this “Great Commission”. God through Christ is relying on us to lean on the Holy Spirit through prayer and through our sisters and brothers in faith to figure out as much as we can, and to do what we can. When you meet just one person and share God's love (words and/or actions) then you are helping to fulfill this command of Jesus.

My Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that I will look past my doubts and weak faith, to hear your voice directing me to that person that I need to share your love with. Please give us all strength, especially during this time of separation. Amen.

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