John Day 26: You Will Do Greater Things

Gospel of John Reading Plan
Day 26 Reading:
John 14:1-14

Bringing the Word to Life
Spend some time looking at a map of your area. Pray for persons to recognize Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Jeremiah 29:7 (NRSV)
Seek the welfare of the city to which I have sent you,
for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
– John 14:12 (NRSV)

Observation
Jesus explains four things to those gathered around the table:

  • The reason he goes is to prepare a place for them in the Father’s house
  • He is the way to the Father
  • To know Jesus is to know the Father. They are one.
  • Those who believe in Jesus will do what he does. They will follow him in his mission “to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10, KJV)

We have learned a bit too late in the day that action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters from Prison

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough; we must do.
– Leonardo Da Vinci

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go out and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman 

Application
Jesus is unique. He is fully God and fully human. He does miraculous things in miraculous ways. He is pure and wise and full of grace and one with the Father. I understand joining him in his saving work and re-presenting him to my age. I can learn to be a Christian, a “little Christ”; to serve and love and forgive and value others as he values them. I can make his faith and his mission to seek and save the lost my own.

I can offer Christ to others, but how can I do greater works that Christ? I cannot make the way for people to enter the Kingdom, to receive eternal life, to be forgiven, cleansed, healed, and transformed. What is greater than this? How can I do more?

God is without limit. Am I the one limiting what can be done? Am I looking with rational eyes, understanding with a rational mind, rather than with faith? Am I too safe with my expectations of myself  compared with what Christ empowers me to be and do?

Prayer
Lord, do greater things in me and through me. Keep me humble, lest I think too much of myself. Keep me encouraged, lest I trust too little and do too little. Use me for your glory. Use me as you choose. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

One way to use this pray in a worship setting, is to pray it in the middle of a song with similar themes. I suggest using it in the middle of God of This City (CCLI Song No. 5037070), written by the group Blue Tree and made popular by Chris Tomlin.

  • One, some or all sing God of this City, verse 1 and chorus.
  • All Pray: Lord, do greater things in me and through me. Keep me humble, lest I think too much of myself. Keep me encouraged, lest I trust too little and do too little. Use me for your glory. Use me as you choose. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven….
  • One, some or all finish singing God of this City.

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