Greater works – Part 2
It is our obligation as believers in Christ to carry on the work of Jesus and even do greater works. There are two crucial observations from John 14:12: First, Jesus promise is not made to the apostles alone, but to all who believe. And second, there is a promise that we will do Jesus’s works and even greater works.
The promise to do the works of Jesus and greater works than Jesus did is a promise to all those who believe in Christ. It is not an exclusive preserve of anybody or people with special designated titles but a promise to all who believes in Jesus.
This is astonishing. So there is no exclusion here if you are a child of God. You shouldn’t think: oh, this is for pastors or missionaries, or elders, or evangelists, or Bishops. No. The text says, “Whoever believes in me.” Believers, pure and simple, will do the works that Jesus did. The qualification phrase is: “Whoever believes in me.” Let me pause and ask you, are you born again? Why is the devil still messing up with your life since you are called to do greater works? It is possible that you are still living in sin and that is why you are still living like a slave to Satan. You can surrender your life to Jesus today and begin to enjoy the benefits of this great salvation.
The Bible says, “Whoever believes in me . . . ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). This is an experience for all believers in Christ with no exception.These greater works are not ordinary works that unbelievers can do. They are the works the Holy Spirit will help you and I to do. Act 1:8 Thou shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you. The reason God saved you is not just to go to heaven but also for you make an impact in the world.
As disciples we cannot do anything less than greater works. If it is less, then we are not fulfilling scriptures. It is the desire of God for us to do greater works, why? To be an amazement to our generation. John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.
Jesus came to this world; his assignment was defined and clear. Jesus came to: Preach, Teach, Cast out and Destroy devils. 1 John 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. It is our duty to seek and save those who are lost, Luke.19:10 says, for the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost, Heal the sick and Set the captive free.
Luke 4: 18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
How to do greater works for God is to seek God wholeheartedly. Mathew 6:33, says, seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and everything shall be added.A major hindrance to greater works is sin. No Greater works, No great accomplishment and defeat is inevitable. A pastor was trying to cast out demon (seven sons of sceva Act 19:4) but the demon ended casting him out because his life was full of secret sins.
So, I bring you great news of good tidings, you are made for greater works. May God turn you into a spectacular being in His hands in Jesus name.Today’s Nugget: Greater works is a promise to all believers in Christ
Prayer: Lord, I receive Grace to do greater works than Christ did.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.