Unlimited: You Need Never Walk Alone
Sep 3, 2020 1013
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age (Matt. 28: 18-20 RSV).
From time to time we feel as barren and as fruitless as Aaron’s rod before it budded (Numbers 17). We sometimes feel as empty as the widow’s cruse of oil (1 Kings 17), as desperate as sinking Peter (Matthew), and as frustrated as the disciples who fished all night and took nothing in their nets (Luke 5).
Read these stories carefully, for this is a common, recurring, human experience. But is it necessary?
There is One who overcame the world, and who not only said that all authority in heaven and on earth had been given to him, but that he would be with us always.
True religion is eternal life lived in the midst of time—in the present. True religion is lived by the power of, and in the company of, God. The original sin that brought misery upon us all happened when man tried to be independent of God (Genesis 3:5).
When our Lord Jesus rose from the dead, he breathed upon his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). In doing this, he was saying, “Because of the Cross, you need never walk alone. Because of the Cross, through me, the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God has come to dwell alongside you, and inside you, now and forever.”
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: We have just read that “True religion is eternal life lived in the midst of time.” Today is a new day. Purpose to live out part of your eternal life in the midst of today, walking alongside Christ. Then review your experience at the end of the day.