Obedience is a key that unlocks many promises in the Bible. Several people desire to enjoy the benefits of these promises. But often they miss the part that demand obedience from their part.
The risen Lord promised, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).” This is a very encouraging promise. But if read in context, we can clearly see that this promise is given to those who obey.
Here the obedience demanded is very specific. He said, “Therefore go (v. 19).”
He is commanding us to go because ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. You need not doubt or hesitate to tell others the good news about Jesus. Of course specific direction as to where to go and when to go will be given you through the Holy Spirit (see Acts 13:2–4; 16:6–10). The point is that when you obey the command to go, you will not be left clueless about guidance.
And then as we see in the Book of Acts preaching about the resurrection invites opposition, trouble and persecution (Acts 17:18, 32). But it is then that the promise of the risen Lord is experienced to be true. He doesn’t send you to go alone. Often he encourages like-minded friends to come along with you. But when that is absent, rely much on him who promised to be with you.
My friend, if you do not experience much of the risen Lord’s presence it can be due to the fact that you do not share the good news with others. And if you do not share the good news it can be that you have not tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). How long will you wait and hesitate to obey his command to go? If you don’t go you miss the joy of having the risen Lord’s presence with you!
Finally, isn’t it very close to the end of the age? Prophecies about the end times as said in the Bible are already coming to reality. We don’t have much time left. The risen Lord is asking you, “Therefore go!” Don’t let your day to day needs make you forget that command of Jesus!
All animals (except human) and plants have been created to respond and react to situations in pre-programmed ways. Only man has the ability to think and take decisions.