Jesus in the Great Commission stated, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In this commission, He gives us a command and a promise. It is the promise that I want us to focus on. The promise here is that He will be with us always. As we experience and grow in this truth of His presence, that He is with us means everything. There is no place I can go that will go beyond His reach. He is with me and is for me!
In John 20 Jesus states, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Think about what that means in light of being with the people the Lord has given us. Jesus was sent by becoming a man; and he lived out servant leadership and laid down his life. He was with people while on earth and is now with us as we are called to do the same.
The scriptures are full of stories of Jesus where He is with people, engaging in lives and seeing transformation take place. What is your story? What is my story? Are we going to people and engaging in transformational ways? Do we have a tendency to “just do enough” in relationships? Do we want to isolate and walk away from relationships that the Lord had put in front of us? Do we move into relationships knowing that the Lord has called and empowered us to be with people?
As we look back on the people who have impacted and affected our lives, what is it that stands out about these people? It could be words or a specific event. Usually, however, it is that they were with us. They came to us, included us, and brought us with them. Sounds a lot like what Jesus did!
The outer life of a leader is going to have the distinct flavor of going to people and being with them. The outward expression of being with others will be motivated out of an obedience and calling that the Lord has given them internally. It has been said that to lead someone is to serve them, and to serve them you need to know them, and to know them you need to be with them!
A few questions to reflect on…
1) Describe someone who has impacted your life. How were they with you?
2) How are you currently being with people now? List specific ways.
3) Moving forward list a few ways you can grow in being with others.