Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)
Verse 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. Verse 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Verse 18And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Verse 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Verse 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Matthew understands us. Jesus called his disciples and was with them through terror and triumph. Teaching, healing, miracles, confrontation, persecution, death, and resurrection—the disciples experienced it all. How could they help but worship him? But even as they worshiped him, some of them doubted—like all of us at times. The Holy Spirit’s work is cut out. It is a daily chore to call us one more time, gather us together for the sake of our faith, enlighten us yet again, and make us holy so we can wholly trust God. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have chosen a bunch of broken people like us to do this work that the world so desperately needs. But that is what God has done. And I trust that God gives us what we need to do what needs to be done. What else can we do but trust the one who has called us?
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us. Stir up your Spirit within us for the sake of the world you love. Amen.