Greater Works

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…
—John 14:12

When we read the Gospels and see the type of life that Jesus led, it can be astounding. He walked on this earth as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit. His authority came from being God’s Son and through the Word. What did Jesus do when He came upon someone who was sick, crippled or blind? He healed them! What did Jesus do when there wasn’t enough to go around? He multiplied it! He turned water into wine, He caused a little boy’s lunch to feed thousands, and He even had His disciple get money from the mouth of a fish. Jesus’ life was miraculous!

God didn’t expect Jesus to live one way and you another. God expects the miraculous from all of His children. He expects you and me to do great and wonderful things. Jesus said that if we had faith in Him that we would do things that would even exceed the works that He manifested during His earthly ministry. Have you ever thought about that? You should. God the Father and God the Son expect you to live a life so far above the norm that people would have no doubt that God’s hand is upon you.

So how do we do these greater things? First, we must know God intimately. That means that we get up close and personal with Him. We accomplish this through times of prayer. Prayer is simply two-way communication with the Father. When you look at the life of Jesus, you’ll find that He spent a great deal of time alone in prayer. It’s during these intimate times that we find the leading of God to walk in the miraculous. The more time we spend with God, the more confidence we have in His voice and His promptings. Many miraculous things occur in a believer’s life by following the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, we must begin to understand our authority and how the kingdom of God works by spending time in the Word of God. A Christian who spends little time studying the Bible will always lack a miraculous life. Through feeding and meditating on the truth of His scriptures, God has given us an incredible opportunity to discover the intricacies of how He works, how he set everything up and how to do His works. Don’t ever underestimate the power of the Word of God.

Finally, we must be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ death paid the price for our sin. His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. His suffering the agony of death ensures us that will never have to go there. His resurrection made a new way for us to enter into God’s presence, but when He poured out the Holy Spirit, He poured out His power into His church. It is by the power and ability of the Holy Spirit that we will do the works of Jesus. Daily Jesus pours out His miraculous ability, His divine strength and His wonder-working power into you. Have faith in that and start doing the greater works that He expects you to do.

Scriptural Context

John 14:5-14

Concept Reinforcement

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places
and prayed.

—Luke 5:16

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has
received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit
and has poured out what you now see and hear.

—Acts 2:33

…because those who are led by the
Spirit of God are sons of God.

—Romans 8:14