John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the ([a]His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
11Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]
12I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
I have been thinking along the lines of these verses for awhile now and have been wondering why aren’t we.
Why aren’t we doing greater things than what Jesus did?
I know we can’t out do the salvation that He gave us, but He wasn’t referring to that. Jesus is referring to share the Word of God, changing people’s lives, healing, raising the dead, casting out evil spirits, battling evil and winning.
What is stopping us then?
The normal spiritual attack says we aren’t good enough to be able to do all of that, but the Apostles were able to. I know they are Apostles, but Peter denied Jesus three times. How are my / your sins worse then that? Paul had helped lead the attack on getting rid of the early Christians, how is that any better than what I have done? Since I am saved by grace and my sins are forgiven, that can’t be what is holding me back.
The Apostles were in full time ministry, but Jesus didn’t say that only those in full time ministry would do greater things than He. Since we are supposed to be living examples of Christ, maybe we are really in full time ministry and just don’t know it or act like it.
The only criteria I can see are that we need to steadfastly believe in Him.
Steadfast: firmly fixed in place; not subject to change; firm in belief, determination, or adherence
Believe: to have a firm religious faith; to accept as true, genuine, or real; to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something
We must except Jesus as true, genuine, and real, have firm conviction as to his goodness and never waiver. That seems harder once it is spelled out, but it shouldn’t be. The Bible is full of references where God has overcome every problem we face each day in today’s world, so God’s power isn’t lacking. We are joint-heirs in the kingdom, so our authority to do these is in place.
Romans 10:17So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).
To have the steadfast faith, we have to be in regular and direct communication to God. This is hard for me sometimes. This week, like most, has been hectic and as I was driving home I realized I hadn’t really prayed all week. When I pray when I am alone, it is more a two-way conversation with God. Since He desires a relationship with us as our Spiritual Father, I figured I would talk to Him as I talk to my earthly parents. It really has helped my prayer life.
Even though I hadn’t been talking to Him, I knew He was there and nudging me to realize that my priorities had shifted off Him. When that happens, I know my faith waivers because I am not relying on God for everything. I don’t loose the faith in Him, but I am not walking in it. The steadfastness is gone.