Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19;20
The book of Acts is filled with several events where ordinary people did extraordinary things through the power of the Holy Spirit. The blind were made to see, the lame began to walk and the sick were healed by some fisherman, an ex tax collector, and religious workers. These men were all in submission to one vision: make Jesus famous. It was this mission that allowed the twelve disciples to see such rapid growth in such a short period of time. The disciples knew that the message they had to share was not only one of truth, love and salvation, but that the power they exemplified as they shared it, was so contagious it would change the world.
Many Christian parents have raised their kids to believe what they themselves believe. They’ve taken their children to church week after week, dragging them into Sunday school, only to see them leave the church and reject the faith once they’ve graduated high school. Statistics show that about 74 percent of all evangelical high school graduates will “drop out” of church, never to return again. I would venture to say that this staggering statistic is not because students did not hear the gospel preached to them several times a month, or that they never believed to begin with. Rather, these kids are rejecting the faith of their parents who’ve called themselves Christians without operating in the power and conviction of a daily walk with Jesus.
In Matthew 28, Jesus commands His disciples to go and make other disciples, then attaches a promise to that command that is hard to ignore. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus promised His disciples that if they would spread the gospel to others, baptize them and teach them, He Himself would be with them until the end of the age. What an amazing promise: Jesus himself walking with us. The creator of the universe and governor of our lives; omnipotent and omniscient living within us. All we have to do to access the fullness of His power is do what He asks. I believe the disciples saw such miracles and growth in their time because they took Jesus at His word. They obediently spread the news as they began walking out their faith.
Have you ever felt an unusual boldness come over you whenever you take a chance and pray for a stranger?
Have you ever felt empowered when you’ve believed God for miraculous things?
I believe that’s confirmation that the Holy Spirit is empowering you to fulfill what we’ve all been commissioned to do. More than headlining news, the latest gossip column or the Kardashians, the gospel of Jesus Christ is contagious. It rapidly spreads across the globe by way of His church. It cannot be stopped or contained.
However, the thing that makes this gospel so powerful isn’t solely the confession of our faith, but the daily outward working of it on display for all to see. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).” Walk according to the Spirit, and you will see amazing things.