And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20b (NIV).
You are not alone. You are not left to fend for yourself. And you are not powerless. That’s because Christ “fills everything everywhere with his presence” Ephesians 1:23 (NLT).
That said, some people choose to be alone. They cut themselves off from Christ, refuse to be filled with Christ, try to build an identity divorced from Christ, and exclude Him from their lives by denying His presence and power.
Of course the Devil is the one who drives a wedge between a person and Christ. He steers people away from Christ through counterfeit offers. And He fights against Christ using any and all means to prevent people from knowing Christ. Why? Because he hates the fact that you’re loved by Christ. And he knows that when you’re filled with Christ, you’ll see him (the Devil) for the sneaky little thief that he is (cf. John 10:10).
So don’t buy into the lies of the Devil. There’s not a second in a minute, a minute in a day, a day in the week, a week in the month, or a month in a year when Christ isn’t there for you. As long as we’re doing what Christ wants us to do we He assures us that He’ll be with us “day after day after day, right up to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20 (MSG).
Matthew 28:20 is a great promise. One that we can bank on. But take note. It’s a conditional promise. Christ will be with us, strengthening and providing, just as long as we’re doing what He wants us to do. And what should we be doing? Matthew 28:19-20a says, “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.” So get on with this Great Commission and as you do take courage knowing that Christ will be “with you always” Matthew 28:20b (NIV).