But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 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.” Matthew 28:16-20
I could imagine how distraught the disciples were feeling. Jesus had just been crucified and now the disciples were waiting, not knowing what to do next. Everything must have seemed so hopeless. Even one of their own had betrayed Him. Had it been worth it? How could anything good come from this tragedy? Then the ‘two Marys’ come running in shouting that they had seen Jesus and He said to meet Him in Galilee. So all eleven obediently went but they all did not have the same reaction when they saw Him. Some recognized Him immediately and worshiped Him but there were some who doubted it was really Him. It makes me wonder how the doubters, those men who knew Jesus personally, who lived and walked with Him daily, could still doubt it was Him? And what would I have done if I was there, worshiped or doubted? How did Jesus respond? He didn‘t look up and say exasperatingly to God, “These foolish humans, what am I to do with them? I’m standing right here and they still don’t get it!” It apparently didn’t bother nor deter Him from what He was about to do. Because He addressed ALL of them and gave these frail, imperfect men the most important ‘Mission’ ever given to mankind. He entrusted them to continue what He started: to spread around the world the message of the gospel and to reproduce Jesus in all that they did.
As you pray over the scripture today ask the Holy Spirit if there are any areas of your life that you may be doubting God? Have you become too focused on external circumstances that you can’t see Jesus moving right in front of you? Are you worshipping or doubting? Are you daily committing yourself to be an active participant in the ‘Mission’ He left us to accomplish simply sharing our lives with others, inviting people to church, being kind, taking the time to engage people?
Father, I pray that we would not be externally focused today but that we keep our eyes on You and are attentive and diligent in doing what You have entrusted us with. I pray that we all become worshipers and that doubt and distractions will not have any influence in our lives. Help us to be Your expression, Your heart, and Your voice to the world today as we live out our lives in submission to Your will and in victory in what You have already done for us!
Royanne Grbach, Cafe Team Leader/Personal Ministry Team Leader
North Braddock Campus