Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Many of us know this passage as "The Great Commission." It is Christ's last charge to His followers before His ascension. Many of us memorized verses nineteen and twenty. However, in reading the passage a few days ago, it struck me that the introductory words in the eighteenth verse should be given close attention. If we are to heed the message of the Master, it is important to understand the import of His saying, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
Since all power is His, to seek our own ends, to attempt to accomplish anything in our own power is to usurp His authority! We are to trust in the Lord, seek His will, and teach the message of salvation. It really is that simple.