greater things?

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me [Jesus] 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)

This week we have looked at believing in Jesus as God’s one and only Son, and steps to depending that belief: seek humility, take a cynicism fast, start a personal devotion time, move from looking for proof to trusting in God, and praying without ceasing. As we close out this week’s series, I want to revisit the power that comes from believing and seeking God through Jesus.

In today’s passage, we see that if we believe in Jesus, we will keep doing what he was doing, and even doing greater things. That might sound crazy, but you can believe Jesus. Part of what Jesus was trying to teach the disciples is once he was with the Father, the Holy Spirit would enter, fill, and transform the lives of his followers. Once Jesus was back in heaven, his spirit would be available to everyone who believes in him. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead would be made available to his followers, and that is precisely where we are today! When you believe in Jesus, God comes to live within you through the power of his Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct your life. When you consider the disciples alone, the power of the Holy Spirit turned a group of cowardly betrayers into global evangelists that would spread the Good News of Jesus throughout the world. This brings me to a second point I want us to consider.

Jesus had eternal knowledge of the world and what was to come. He knew the disciples’ faults and failures, but he also knew their potential when his power was living in them. When we consider this in our modern day and age, we have almost limitless ways to share Jesus’ Good News. Jesus’ earthly ministry was limited to a certain region, but when you consider transportation and technology alone, you can reach places and masses of people that couldn’t have possibly been imagined as the disciples began their missionary journies. You can hop in your car, or even a plane, and reaches places in a day that the disciples couldn’t ever reach. And when you think about the reach of technology, you can share God’s great work in your life with thousands, if not millions, in a near instant.

How are you using your resources to share the hope of eternity that comes with salvation through the forgiveness of sins? Beyond your car or computer, how are you using your time, energy, and money? The resources you have at your disposal were simply inconceivable in the time of Jesus, but he knew what you could do with the power of his Holy Spirit living in you. Do you believe? Put that belief into action and help people know that they belong to God.

Prayer: Dear God, I believe in you and the love you have for me in Jesus. Thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit that helps me carry on your work through belief in salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Please forgive me of the times I don’t use your power and my resources to share this Good News with others. May I be encouraged and empowered to use the resources at my disposal to do great things for you. I ask this in Jesus’ holy and powerful name. Amen.