John 14: We Will Do Greater Things
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” — John 14:12 (NIV)
It can be so easy for us to be discouraged in the world today. Money is tight. People we love have cancer. Relationships are broken or growing apart. There is a lot in our world that makes us feel like it can be getting worse instead of better.
When I left college I began to hear a saying pop up: “It is what it is.”
This saying was always followed by a difficult story or circumstance. And I hate it. It leaves us feeling like there is nothing we can do about anything so we should just give in to the status quo of whatever we are facing. And let life happen to us.
But I don’t think it’s true. I don’t think life “is what it is.” In fact, I believe there is a supernatural aspect to our lives whether you are a Christian or you aren’t. I believe there are forces of dark and light battling every day for our lives. And the enemies of God’s Kingdom want us to believe “it is what it is.”
Guess what, with God anything is possible. And when we believe we can do the thing Jesus did and even greater ones.
Do The Works of Jesus, And Do Greater Ones
Jesus declares over the life of the Christian that we can do the works he did. What are those works?
Well, he healed the sick. He prophesied over the world around him. He calmed the storms. His message was to invite people into God’s Kingdom and he did it with success.
Jesus did many supernatural things.
And we have been enabled and tasked to do them too. I believe that we can heal the sick through the power of the Holy Spirit. With prayer and trust, we can see our circumstances change. With conversations, we can see people come to know Jesus too.
I believe Jesus would not agree with the statement “it is what it is,” when it comes to things of this world.
He would step into the divide between where we are and what we want to see happen and close the gap. And we can do this today.
When we are discouraged we can come to God asking for help. Praying life back into the death around us. Praying abundance into famine. And praying for health into the sick.
This is one of the greatest ways we will see heaven come to earth. When we take up this call to do the things of Jesus and see greater things to come.
Life with a capital “L”
My pastor says Jesus came to bring life with a capital “L.” Meaning that he came to bring life in it’s fullest to us and those around us. He asserts that Jesus has allowed us to live a life of fullness and abundance. And that we can bring that to our families, cities, and the world.
And I think this passage of the bible would agree to this. If Jesus was the fullness of God and humanity, then we are able to step into it with him. And do the works he has done. While seeing even greater things happen.
Are you ready to do the works Jesus has done? Are you ready to see greater things happen? Then let’s step into it together.
How have you seen Jesus move in extraordinary or supernatural ways in your life or the lives of others? Share in the responses below.
Read through the entire chapter of John 14. Remember to circle the words “believe, believed, belief, believing.” And underline anything which sticks out to you.
If there is anything you don’t understand, ask God to help you learn what it means and prepare you for his timing in your understanding.
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