As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
These words of Jesus to his first followers are remarkable; not just to few ministers but to all believers. They had seen many amazing things the Father had done through Jesus: healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, bringing the good news of God’s kingdom. Now Jesus was saying that just as the Father had sent him, he was sending his followers.
All who follow Jesus are called to participate in God’s mission to the world. Jesus speaks with almighty authority here. We cannot simply live as observers of what God is doing; we have a mission to call sinners to repentance and to bring God’s love to the marginalized. And as we do so we are assured of God’s ever presence, just like He was with Jesus Christ.
As the Father sent Jesus, so the are we as disciples of the ascended Lord sent into the world. All the power and provision that accompanied Jesus throughout his earthly work is the portion of all that will do his bidden in their lifetime. Today as you go, be assured of His ever presence, power and provision. He is not holding anything back from you.
I Declare: Today, I declare that I have the power and presence of the Lord to accomplish my mission in the world. I refuse to fear or falter as I engage in the business of plundering hell and populating heaven.
Ignite Thought: Those who go into the world in the name of the Lord have the power and the provision that accompanied Jesus.