God has promised his kids that he would never leave them and never forsake them (Heb.13:5b). Before Jesus physically left his followers after the resurrection he allowed these final words to resonate in their hearts: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt.28:20).
While this truth can surely be a motive for righteous living, the context in both cases is intended to provide us with an assurance that frees Christians from timid or anxious lives. The guaranteed presence of God’s Spirit in our everyday lives ought to be the “harness” that emboldens us to confidently step out and do all the things God has commissioned us to do. It should be the reason we don’t “need” more protection, more money, more resources or more talent to make a huge difference for Christ (see Heb.13:5-8).
If you are his child, then God is at your side. So let’s cast off any residual excuses and let’s dive into the high calling of living for Christ with all of our hearts!