By Pastor Robert Castile, Professor, Pastor, Kingston Church of the Nazarene, Kingston, Missouri
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
[Jesus said:] “I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.”
What if I told you, you were made for a great purpose, with all the tools necessary to accomplish your God-given task. Would you believe it?
By Jesus’s own admission, we can do “greater things” than he did. Whereas Jesus could only be in one place at a time, teaching about God’s kingdom to one group at a time, God’s people now spans the globe! By the power of the Holy Spirit, and with the resources available to us, we can have greater impact when we all play our part. The Spirit guides us, provides wisdom, and supplies our needs when we are called upon to do good works for God.
What is God calling you to do? Regardless of God’s calling on your life, accomplishing what God commissions you to do should be your priority. When you do that, you honor God.
According to Scripture, there are many ways to follow in Jesus’s footsteps to achieve “greater things.” One way is to be people of prayer. Prayer strengthens us to serve God and fulfill his calling on our lives. Through prayer, we can discern whom we must help and receive guidance on how we can care for their needs. God wants us to care for the needs of people, regardless of the risk, objection from others, or condemnation from the world. Doing what is right is what God requires.
People who benefit from our good works might ask, “Why did you help me?” This presents an opportunity to tell them how you’ve been empowered by God to help, and how great it is to share the hope you have with others.
Keep in mind that it’s important to always be connected to the power source – the Holy Spirit – to effectively serve and love our neighbors. Otherwise, it’s easy to fall prey to the sins that weaken us, leaving us unable to continue to do “greater” things. The psalmist reminds us to live in the presence of God continually and we will be protected, cared for, and provided for throughout our lives (see Psalm 91).
Go ahead and offer yourself to serve and love your neighbor. See how God uses you to accomplish Jesus’s vision and bring God glory—through the salvation of our friends and neighbors.
Lord, thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit that enables me to do great things for you. Help me to boldly share my hope in you so that those who hear will start their journey with you.