And the Lord Worked with Them
“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:20 (niv)
One of the most challenging times of my life was when my family and I went on a mission trip to the Czech Republic. We taught English at a family camp to a group of people who either claimed to be atheists or had no apparent interest in Jesus. Our job was to get them to trust Christians and become curious about Jesus.
We were halfway around the world in a strange culture, and it seemed like an impossible task. I knew Jesus was with us, but I wished I could see Him—see the confidence in His gaze that I lacked.
To me, the people who lived in Jesus’ day were the luckiest people on earth. They got to see Jesus, peer into His face, hear His stories, see His miracles. Those closest to Him may have been the luckiest of all. When the disciples walked into a challenging situation, He was literally at their side. How hard it must have been when Jesus was gone for good. How hard it must have been to leave that hill after Jesus’ ascension. Maybe the disciples hung around awhile. Maybe they peered into the sky for a time, hoping for one last glimpse. I wonder when they realized He hadn’t left them at all.
As the words of the popular children’s song goes, they discovered they had the “wonderful love of the blessed Redeemer way down in the depths of their hearts.” In the wonderful way Jesus works, the verse after He ascends speaks of the disciples heading off to spread the good news, but they were not alone. “And the Lord worked with them.” Those six words make my heart sing.
The work Jesus asks me to do—to share His good news—is scary. Too often I feel like I’m stepping out alone. Yet even in the Czech Republic we witnessed God at work. He wasn’t physically by our sides, but He was there—wooing, directing and guiding. He showed up when we stepped out. We didn’t have to go alone.
FAITH STEP: Look online for mission trips or ask someone at your church about opportunities. Seriously consider joining a team that’s going out to spread the good news of Jesus.
Written by Tricia Goyer
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