By Dave Brower
“I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these...” John 14:12
Really, Jesus? Greater works than you? I know Jesus says a lot of shocking and alarming things in his ministry, but this may be the most shocking. Jesus tells his disciples (those who choose to follow him) that they will do even greater things than he did. Can you believe that? Maybe the question should be, do you believe that?
We hold Jesus in the highest regard. He is the revelation of God with us for us. He shows us what it is to be truly human and he exemplifies God’s love for us in his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus’ teachings form our moral understandings as well as our ethical understandings of caring for the poor and looking out for those in need. We claim to have faith in what Jesus said and did. But how many of us believe that we can not only do the work that Jesus did, but maybe even do greater? That seems sacrilegious.
We are taught from an early age that we should have faith in Jesus – that’s true and that’s good. What I am finding out more and more though is that Jesus has faith in us. Jesus calls us to be his physical presence in the world. Through the acts of being formed into the living temple of God (1 Peter 2:5) and discerning where the Holy Spirit is at work in the world (John 14:19) we begin to take on the identity as God’s people and Jesus’ disciples. The final step is what springs us forward into God’s mission. That is the act of joining in where God is already at work.
As we live with an awareness that has been formed in us we are able to discern where God is at work in the world. From that point we must have faith in Jesus that what he believes about our abilities is true. God can do amazing and miraculous things through people who are aware and willing to join in with God’s mission.
So, what is it that’s holding you back?
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