May 17, 2018

Greater Works!

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12 (NLT)

Do you live life expecting God to come through with even greater measure than He has done before?  It’s so easy to settle into a lifestyle that can be summed up by our own cleverness, ability and initiative. Yet, God offers so much more!  Jesus made an incredible statement to His followers in John 14 when He assured them that whoever believes in Him would do the same works He had done and even greater works!  How?  When Jesus was among His disciples, He was God with them – Emmanuel.  As He neared the end of His earthly ministry in human flesh, He said He was going back to be with the Father and would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit who would become God in them!  The power they needed would be supplied by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, acting as God clothing Himself with their flesh and blood!  Just as He was identified with the Father in everything He said and did, so we today have the capacity through the Holy Spirit to be so identified with Jesus today!  When He walked with His disciples, He said,

“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. In fact, the Father will show Him how to do even greater works ….” John 5:19-20 (NLT)

Jesus modeled the relationship with the Father that we have opportunity to share with Him today when we are rightly related to Christ!  Through His empowering, we can live life with a sense of greater expectation than what we can possibly achieve on our own!  We can live with a freshness and vigor in our spiritual outlook!  William Carey, the father of modern missions, lived by this motto: Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God! 

If everything in our lives can be explained by our own abilities, where is God?  Do we expect God to come in and do what only He can do?  If not, we have lost the vision of who we are in Christ.  Expect God to do greater things than He has ever done!

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)