Last weekend I was sitting on the beach at Petone reflecting on God’s calling and the responsibility of being a Gospel bearer to a society which gives every indication it doesn’t require a Saviour.
If one pauses and reflects too long in these thoughts the task at hand seems very daunting and has a high degree of personal cost attached. Fear of ridicule, being ostracised from family or friends and in extreme cases job security can way heavy on one’s heart. When we walk in love and adoration for God we place ourselves at odds with the culture around us. A culture that is steaming along on its merry way, seemingly ignorant of the hope that God offers through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
Back to the beach.
While in my ‘Psalm style’ reflective ‘why mood’, a visible reminder of the hope on offer was played out in front of me. A man in full view of those in the vicinity was carefully lowered backwards into the ocean. Rising again, the witnesses who accompanied him gathered around tightly, heads bowed and hands placed upon his shoulders gave thanks for the Christ follower.
I was again reminded of Matthew 28:19-20. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of 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 the age.”
This commission given to the Lord’s disciples has been carried forward by followers of Christ from generation to generation. It has been proclaimed often and stands as a banner for Christian evangelistic mission. All of us face the task with some uncertainty, fear and inadequacy, yet God’s promise stands true and we can rest in His comfort in these times.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”