“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of age.” (Matt 28:18-20)
This short passage is usually referred to as the great commission in which Jesus gives us the assignment to go out to the nations and make disciples. Jesus felt it was important for us to not receive this assignment, though, without remembering the promise of his constant presence in our lives. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus boldly states that He is with us always, to the end of age. This means that whether we are walking to class, preparing to go overseas, or getting coffee with a friend, Jesus is with us.
When I reflect on my walk with God, my mind often goes straight to the milestones—the times when God showed up for me in undeniable ways. This is a natural tendency, and a good one at that. We can see people like Abraham in the Old Testament doing the same thing as he built alters to remember what God had done for him and his people (Gen 12:7, Gen 13:4, etc.). But if God promises to be with us always, I would argue that He is bigger than a ‘milestone’ God. I’m sure many of you have heard of this concept before and know it well, but I think this truth goes beyond simple knowledge.
I see how those milestone moments have shaped my relationship with God, and I wonder what would happen if those moments became more frequent. I wonder how things would change if I let that truth sink into my heart and invited Jesus into my daily life. I wonder if it would impact the way I looked at my world; I wonder if having Jesus around would impact the way that I saw myself?
There is something beautiful about stepping out of our busy lives to intentionally dedicate time to God. I think there is something equally beautiful about a God who wants to step in to our busy lives to spend time with us. I don’t fully understand how the constant nature of God works in my life, but I do know that Jesus is the best, most patient teacher around.
My prayer for you and for myself this week is that we might learn a little bit more about how to let Jesus interact with us through all of the strange, happy, and mundane moments of our days. I pray that we can learn how great his love is for us and how deeply he is pursuing our hearts. I pray that we can surrender a little bit more of ourselves to the one who created us, to the one who is worthy of every part us.
(written by Lindsey Taylor)