A Preview to Sunday’s Message

I’m getting very excited to bring you Sunday’s message…so, here’s a little preview to whet your appetite.

Jesus, said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12, ESV)

It’s normally assumed that the “works” that Jesus did, and the “works” that we are promised to do, are the miracles of Jesus’ ministry.  That would be natural.  The promise even gets us excited about the possibilities of doing the supernatural.  But, let me propose to you that this may not be accurate to the language or Jesus’ intent.

Consider this: Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that the healings and miracles Jesus demonstrated were actually the fruit of His “works?”  I actually believe the “works” were everything that preceded the miracles.  As Jesus extended forgiveness, fellowshipped with the undesirables, and taught what faith truly means, He created an environment for miracles to happen.

By example, it would not be proper to say that the products we buy at a retail store are the work; they are the result of the work done.  The preparation, organization, manufacturing, etc. are the work required to deliver the product into the hands of the consumer.  In like manner, our work is not to do the miracles of Jesus, it’s creating the atmosphere where miracles are possible.

So, when Jesus says that we would do “greater works,” He was not speaking of doing something greater than raising the dead.  He was speaking of the opportunity of God’s love spreading through His body at an increasing measure and effectiveness!  We don’t do miracles; we do love.  We create the atmosphere of acceptance, forgiveness, and restoration; and God does the rest!

Let today be a day of miracles because we love like Jesus.

And They Followed

“Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:22)

Meeting Jesus and finding your call make leaving all you knew a natural decision. It may not be easy; it may even come with great cost, but the choice will always be clear. There’s no thought of self-promotion in it. There’s just the simple pleasure of knowing that I’m on the right path.

At the end of the day, the joy of life is lying in the intended bed you were given. It’s knowing that I’m walking the road destined for me. And better still, it’s knowing that the path I’m walking has a purpose greater than I can imagine.

As long as we hold onto what we know or what we predict to be the outcomes of our choices, we exempt ourselves from the best. The disciples did not truly know what they were getting themselves into. They only knew that they had to follow the one they called Messiah. They accepted the truth that their faith-filled choice would no longer be determined by their strategic planning, but by forces greater than their control.

Destiny may determine the road, but it’s our trust in what we cannot see that will bring us to the joy of what we were intended to see.