“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:12-14
Do we really believe we can do greater works than Jesus? If we were all really honest we would say not really. Why? Because we have never cooked and had more food than we started with. We have never touched somebody’s eyes and then they could see, or somebody’s ears and then they could hear. We have never raised anybody from the dead. So we just say I don’t have the faith to do those things and the result is we really just don’t do anything.
But Jesus did so much more than just the physical life-changing miracles. And maybe if we look at all he did, we could start somewhere, ask for something and we, like Jesus, could bring glory to the Father.
Jesus loved his enemies. He prayed for those who hurt him. He served like a servant serves. He thought of others. He spoke life to people. He sat with people, listened to people, didn’t judge people, loved people. Maybe instead of trying to raise somebody from the dead and feeling defeated as a Christian, we could start with some of these things and do greater works than Jesus.
The second part of the verse is to ASK for anything in Jesus’ name. We could ask God to help us love our enemies. When I say love, I mean do something for the person we hate. We can pray God’s blessings on people who have hurt us. We can do something outrageous for somebody who doesn’t deserve it. We can think of others more important than ourselves. For example, think of something you love to do and then go do it for somebody else. Be intentional to not say anything negative but to use life-giving words. (Sarcasm is not life-giving, it is actually a form of anger.)
If we could just do some of these things we would probably start to feel like we were doing greater things than Jesus.
Let’s ask God to help us do even greater things than Jesus did, so that this season our lives bring glory to God.