In Lone Survivor, a memoir of life as a Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell explains one of the central tenets of SEAL team conduct: never leave a man behind. “It’s a sacred promise to us from our high command,” he writes. “That’s why it gets drummed into us from the very first day . . . you are not going to be alone. Ever.”
The work of evangelism can feel lonely. You may be the only employee at your workplace, the only student at your school, or the only tenant in your building who is sharing the love of God in Christ. Your message may seem strange to others, and they may distance themselves from you because of it.
Today’s passage provides encouragement by reminding us that we are never going to be alone when we evangelize. Jesus acknowledges the difficulties we will experience in the world. But because God is our Creator, Savior, and King, we can say with the psalmist: “In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?” (Ps. 56:11).
We are secure in the knowledge that God loves us and will be with us by His Spirit. The God who watches little birds and counts tiny hairs will not forsake His beloved children. He will come alongside us as we face challenges to our testimony (vv. 11–12). And as we declare our allegiance to Him, He will declare His allegiance to us (v. 8).
The work of evangelism is a work that delights our Lord. By His Spirit, He is pleased to make our message effective in the hearts of our friends and neighbors. By His Spirit, He helps us in our mission to invite others to the family of God. As we share the good news of God in Christ, the Spirit will be with us every time.
The Spirit gives us boldness, helps us pray, teaches us from the Word, and gives the gospel success in the hearts of our neighbors. Thank God for His Spirit, which means you are never alone! Pray today that this truth will penetrate your understanding, strengthen your confidence in sharing God’s love, and encourage your heart as you obey the Lord.