“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.”
God calls and commands His children to do His work in the world. The plan for reaching the lost and building the church requires God’s people to do the work—but it is a work that can only be done effectively through His power. The final command of Christ that we commonly call the Great Commission is grounded and based on the authority that belongs to Jesus. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:18–19).
The authority of Jesus means that we do not face our battles and our work on our own. We can and must rely on the power and work of the Holy Spirit who lives within us for the ministry we are meant to do. We have no other hope of success. A. W. Tozer said, “I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me—he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature.”
When we operate based on our own strength and resources, we can only accomplish what lies in our ability. But no matter how great those abilities may be, they are not equal to God’s calling. Only in His strength can we fulfill His mission.
If we rely on the power given to us rather than our own strength, our ministry for God will be effective.