What do you think Jesus meant when He said that we would do “greater things?” Will we walk on water or calm the waves? Will we heal the leper or pay our taxes with money found in a fish’s mouth?
We might. If Jesus enables us. I haven’t experienced any of these things, but I’m not ruling them out. I believe that Jesus meant what He said about those of us who have faith.
Perhaps we should be more focused on the latter part of what Jesus said, rather than the former. He explained that we would do “greater things” because He was “going to the Father.” As it was, He was doing the work of the Father as one individual person, but when He returned to the Father, He became the Head of the Body, which is the Church. We can do “greater things” because He is in all of us doing them through us.
Another thought that comes to mind is that those who will do “greater things” have first placed their faith in Christ and begun to do the things that He did.
Are we as a church doing the things that Christ did? Are we feeding the hungry? Are we preaching the gospel? Are we offering healing and encouragement? If we aren’t believing in Jesus and attempting to do the things that He did, then there will be no seeing of “greater things.”
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of flying around Wilson in a little two-seat plane with my friend, Mike. Mike is a retired Air Force pilot. He overheard me talking about wanting to fly over our new church property and take some photos, so he offered to make it happen.
As we circled our new home, I could see our whole city laying out before me. I thought of Christ’s words, “Do even greater things.” And I prayed, “Lord, tell us how to use this property as a platform to offer Your grace to the people of this city and shine forth Your glory!”
I don’t know what it’s going to look like yet, but I believe we’re about to see “even greater things!”