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Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)
TITLE: great expectations of greater things
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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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