“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always.”
Have you been on a trip lately? Did you feel prepared when you left? Most likely you had plans for what to do and where to stay, a packed bag (or two), and an idea of what to expect. If you didn’t have these things, then you must have a wild story to tell! And a wild story is exactly what we have from the earliest disciples who “hit the road” to follow Christ’s call.
When the disciples were given this command by Jesus, they probably did not feel too confident or ready to go. They had no plan, no backed bags, and no idea what to expect. Well, they may have expected the worst! There is fear in going out into the unknown, especially when you make the journey alone. But Jesus is quick to address their fear saying, “I am always with you.”
No matter where Christ’s call may be leading us, we can “hit the road” with some confidence, knowing that Jesus will go with us. There is no where we can go where God has not already been and where God is not already present. Also, Jesus made sure the disciples were equipped for the journey. The Holy Spirit was given to them to lead and guide them. When God calls us, we know that God will give us what we need. As someone once said, “God doesn’t call the equipped. God equips the called.”
Like with any journey, there is a certain amount of risk. However, a life of faith teaches us how God can help us overcome obstacles. We may not fully understand the plan. We may not feel ready to go. But we can place our trust in God’s plans, knowing that God will be with us and God will equip us. Are you ready to hit the road?