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. . . . And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19–20b
The mission of the Christian faith is nothing less than the transformation of the entire world. All nations and all people are supposed to be converted to a way of living and being that reflects the message of Jesus and the will of God. That is a grand and bold vision, and it must have seemed wildly unrealistic to that handful of fishermen, tax collectors, and women who stood with Jesus on a mountain in Galilee. However, the vision and mission came with a promise: “I am with you always.” The goal is the complete transformation of the world, but that is not work we will be left to do alone. Jesus will be with us. Jesus is or co-worker. Jesus will labor by our side until all that God wills is accomplished. The mission is grand, and our Savior is present!
What would it be like to truly work with Jesus?
Lord, You have dreamed big for us. In fact, the vision and mission You lay before us is one we are unable to accomplish on our own. We cannot even begin to imagine a world that overflows with love, peace, and justice for all. But You can and You have, and You promise to work with us until what You dream is what we experience. In Your name, I pray. AMEN.