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From Glory to Greater Things

Jesus spoke it on Maundy Thursday to His closest disciples. Did you read it? Did it make you stop and ponder what He could possibly mean? Did you pass over it because you just couldn’t imagine its being true? In John 14:12 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Obviously Jesus was not saying that you will be greater than the Father who is the One who did the great things through Jesus (John 5:20). There is no greater work on behalf of mankind than the work of the cross in transforming a soul through faith and ultimately transforming the whole universe to the original purpose which Jesus made sure on the cross.

What did Jesus mean that He will do even greater things? I have been a serious follower of Christ for many years now, but I have never been used in an instant healing of a disease, or restoring sight to the blind, or even telling a mountain to throw itself into the sea (Matthew 21:21). Those are rare experiences in the spiritual journey. What did He mean?

When Jesus left the earth on Ascension Sunday there were a mere 120 true believers left in Jerusalem. During His three years of public ministry, only a very small number of people got who He was and why He had come. That was a great work. He did everything the Father told Him to do, and there were only a little over 120 believers on the earth. Can you imagine that so few become true believers when living in the time of Jesus? We truly have stubborn souls who resist God.

There certainly was greater work to do. We are a part of that great work. Isn’t it unimaginable that the architect of our salvation designed the process to involve us? God doesn’t need us. He purposely chose to include us in the great work He planned before the creation of the world. We are invited to take part in the greater work.

Greater things are happening all around us. We have been a part of His greater work in spreading the gospel to all the nations. There are yet a few places where the Gospel has not been preached. Our greater work is to do everything in our power to get the gospel out to the nations.

How have you participated in the greater things? God has a special place for you to be involved. Where has He asked you to give, serve, go? If you don’t know, no worries. All you need to do is ask Him. Know that you are included in the greater works. If you are not doing greater works right now, it’s just that you haven’t taken the time to hear where He includes you.

During this Easter Season up until Pentecost, meditate on the work of Christ in salvation and ask God to show you where you are being equipped to be a part of His greater work.


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