Dear Friend of Vision
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:18-20)
Of course, this commission was first given to the 11 apostles…and who knows how many others were with them, and secondarily to the followers of Christ since that time. Our authority, or authorization to go is given to us by the King of kings, and the Lord of lords…so, we go with all the authority we need. Further, it is the whole earth, local and trans local that is our domain, and our message is the Kingdom of God…that Jesus is Lord.
I hear a lot about living in the presence of the Lord. The Presence, which to many seems to indicate a blissful state of the awareness of God’s love for us is the rage of many. But truthfully, if I am reading scripture correctly, the Presence of God is best sensed when we are obedient to his commands…which includes loving our neighbor, worship, prayer, study of the Word, and other disciplines of the faith…but most importantly, we are guaranteed his presence when we go in Jesus name (authority) and proclaim the Kingdom of God is at hand. It is then that we may know for certain he is with us, just as Christ states in this passage. Good thing to remember.