Moments before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave His disciples their marching orders. He told them to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all His commands. Then He said, “…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. These were the last words Jesus spoke, the last promise He made before His physical departure. It must have been of critical importance. Certainly, it bolstered the disciples’ courage to accept those marching orders.
As Christ’s followers today, we know this promise. We read it in the Bible and hear it preached. We even sing about it. And yet, sometimes there’s a disconnect between knowing it and living it. We appreciate it but fail to apply its power.
Truth be told, I’m a chicken-heart when it comes to writing. Blogs I can handle. Articles and “First 5” Bible studies, too. But books—not so much. It seems I struggle with underlying fear. At this stage in my life, I fear landing a contract but not having the time to write due to traveling for ministry so often. I write best when sitting at my desk and maintaining an uninterrupted stream of thought, but that’s not what my life looks like. I also fear writing a resource that’s imperfect in some way and likely to warrant a publisher’s rejection.
I feel like the Holy Spirit is moving in me. He’s saying that it’s time to get up and take hold of that promise, applying it to the book-writing hat I wear. He’s given my marching orders and I’ve accepted. As a result of a long conversation with my literary agent, I’ll begin working on one proposal and praying about a second possibility. I’m walking out the truth of God’s presence in me, trusting Him to do the supernatural and bring the outcome He desires. I find courage in knowing He does not give marching orders and then abandon His kids to figure them out on their own.
What marching orders has God given you?…
- Teach a Bible study.
- Befriend your neighbor.
- Forgive an offender.
- Surrender control.
- Face the unexpected medical diagnosis and necessary treatment.
- Comfort someone who’s grieving a loss.
- Trust Him in the midst of financial uncertainty.
- Quit your job to stay home with your kids.
- Participate in a short-term ministry trip.
- Develop a fitness plan
- Add yours here.
Either write or speak aloud your God-given marching orders. Now personalize God’s promise and add it to the end of your statement. As an example, my statement will sound like this: “I will pursue writing my next book, and You will be with me.”
Yours might sound like this: “I will teach a Bible study, and You will be with me,” or “I will befriend my neighbor, and You will be with me.”
Now post your statement here so we can learn from and encourage one another, okay? We’re in this together. Know you are loved!
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