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Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: great expectations of greater things


Jesus has great expectations. He expects great things of us. He goes as far as saying that we can accomplish 'greater things' than He ever did. This may seem unbelievable but we must remember that God brings 'impossibilities' to pass, every day. With God's help we can do 'greater things'. Without Him we can do nothing. We should believe Jesus when He promised "the person who trusts me will not only do what I'm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I've been doing. You can count on it" (John 14:12 MSG).

Jesus wasn't saying that we can accomplish 'bigger and better' miracles than He put His hand to as we cannot outdo Him when it comes to His unlimited power. What He was saying when He assured us that we can do 'greater works' was that we can do more in number and on scale. In the 33 years that Jesus walked this earth He accomplished far more than anyone else in human history, but His work was confined to His steps. Jesus never left Judea.

As the body of Christ we can do 'greater things' on a global scale. We can travel the world sharing the Gospel, the Good News, that Jesus has the power to save. God's power, in Person, is now active in the body of Christ. God in human form was limited to being in one place at one time, but now Jesus lives inside us. Because of this Jesus goes with us wherever we go, this is why we can do more miracles in number than He ever did in the flesh. Having said that we can't escape from this: the gift of the Holy Spirit empowers us to do 'greater things'. The Holy Spirit is our driving-force, the fuel we run on, without Him we can't accomplish anything.

No-one can come close to the miracles Jesus did, He was miles ahead in that respect. He fed thousands of people from little more than a packed-lunch, He brought the dead back to life, made the sick whole, and in one word commanded Mother Nature. But His work didn't end the day He ascended, it continues to this day. Greater works encompass His followers feeding multitudes, caring for the sick, introducing the dying to Eternal Life, and being good stewards of God's world.
Heroes and heroines of the faith aren't always those who cast out demons, raise the dead, control the elements, or bring healing, they can be the forgotten heroes who help those in desperate need. We too are called to this Greater Work. We're called to be tools in His hand, vessels for His Glory, instruments in His work. We're called to do 'greater things'. Great expectations of greater things, that's what Jesus has for you.

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Lollie Hofer09/02/11
There's some interesting things to think on in this devotional. Gives me someting to meditate on for a couple of days.
Linda Goergen09/02/11
What a wonderful, encouraging and motivating little sermonette! All so true! Thank you for this uplifting read! Good job!
Karen Pourbabaee 09/02/11
This is an encouraging call to partner with the Lord in His work! I am reminded of a favorite quote of mine "We are all pencils in the hand of God."(Mother Teresa)
C D Swanson 09/03/11
"The Holy Spirit is our driving-force, the fuel we run on, without Him we can't accomplish anything." That says it all...Good job. God Bless~

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/08/11
I like this devotion. My self-esteem has been pretty low lately and this helps remind me I do have a purpose in life.