Everyone loves the promise of Jesus to those who follow him, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b). And so we should, for it is a great source of comfort, and strength.
But we must not forget that this promise is conditioned by what comes before it, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
As William Carey rightly said,
“we claim our share in His promise: ‘Lo! I am with you.’ We have no right to the promise unless we observe the command. The one conditions the other. To neglect His commission is to forfeit His benediction.”
May we be found obeying our Master’s commission, and finding great peace in his benediction.