Matthew 28:19 is often quoted as the Great Commission verse, where Jesus instructs the disciples to share the good news of salvation. As Christians, this is our duty and our calling. We’re to lovingly bring the gospel to a lost and dying world.

But the verse right before, Mathew 28:18, may be just as important in our witnessing. Why? Because Jesus tells the disciples that all the power of the Father has now been given unto Him, “Therefore, go . . .”. The reason we can lead people to the Lord is not due to our persuasive arguments, our knowledge of Scripture, or our winning personalities. All those things are assets, but the power is in Christ, Who lives in us through the Holy Spirit.

In Scripture we read that the gospel is “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). The strength is not in us, but in the message we carry and the God we serve. If evangelism were solely dependent upon us, then it would fail.

That’s why you don’t have to be fearful when you share your faith, because you have the Holy Spirit. What’s more, you don’t have to be discouraged, because the power is not in the messenger, but in the message and in the Savior.

The Great Commission verse in Matthew 28 should motivate us to witness, but Jesus’ prior words should give us great encouragement and hope that we can accomplish what has been commanded to us because we’ve been empowered by the Holy Spirit.

When the power of prayer, the power of the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit are at work, revival is at hand. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder