Greater Things

By: Jack McCall

John 5: 19

Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the son also does.”


Is Jesus saying that he can see what the Father is doing? I believe that's exactly what he's saying.

In John 14:12, Jesus goes on to say, "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, because I am going to the Father."  Wow! So, we not only have an advocate in Heaven, we also have one living inside of us at all times. Jesus is telling us that he wants us to do whatever he did.

Some days the anointing of God is stronger than others. When his presence is not strong in me, it usually means that I am distracted due to my own selfishness.

I was tired and wanted to grab a quick bite to eat. My expectation was to order fast, eat and get home. Over the course of the meal though, our joy-filled waitress shared small segments of her life. She was 26, single and from Canada. She talked about the four shots she took each day for diabetes. On top of that, she had an incurable digestive condition.

As we sat listening to her, my heart softened and I was no longer bent on rushing the meal to get home. I sensed God's anointing and then the nudge from him to pray with her. I asked, "Are you a woman of faith?" She smiled and said, "Yes I am."

I don't always get emotional while praying with someone, but I did on this occasion. I don't know if God healed her on the spot, but I know that God was present. That is what Jesus means when he says, "Anyone with faith will do even greater things than these."

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Are we reluctant to minister to others because we doubt God's presence? Are we afraid nothing will happen and that we will be judged as fools? What keeps us from doing what God does?