Many of us wonder at the life and ministry of Jesus. Would not it be great to be able to have witnessed the wonderful things He did? Imagine sitting there with thousands of people and seeing a boy’s lunch being transformed into enough food to feed everyone with baskets full of food leftover. Or to see Jesus heal someone from blindness or even watch Him call Lazarus out from the tomb.
The crazy thing though is this. Jesus did not consider what He did then as being His best work.
The best work He would do was to be done through the lives of His believers. Ordinary people just like you and me.
Sadly the lives we live and frankly the expectations we have, declare Jesus a liar. Perhaps that is harsh. If Jesus told the truth, then we are not walking with Him as we should. Yet to live in unbelief is like calling Jesus a liar.
Now I don’t expect that we should calm raging seas, walk on water, turn water into wine, or that we should all be miracle workers. But I do think we often let the side down through unbelief. And strangely, that unbelief is not always targeted at Jesus, it is often targeted at ourselves.
I too have been guilty and often still am guilty of such unbelief. I have no problem believing that God can achieve wonderful things through you. But for some reason, I find it much harder to believe that God would use me in a similar incredible way.
I have to remember that God does hear and answer my prayers because I belong to Jesus. I have also needed to learn that sometimes God does not see healing the same way as I do. Sometimes God completely heals a person of a disease by removing them from their disease-ridden and perishing body. That’s right, death for a Christian is the greatest healing there is.
But I also need to believe that God has a purpose and work for me to do. And it is Jesus who wants to do this work through me. Therefore, I should expect great and marvelous things to happen when I serve the Lord.
I should also expect opposition. Because the devil does not want God’s will to be done in any of our lives.
Right now, Michelle and I believe that there is something that God wants us to do. This thing involves two parts. We imagined it happening one particular way. God closed that door and immediately opened up something far better. That was the first miracle. It happened. Now we need the second thing to happen. Our human instinct is to lower our expectations. Yet if this is of God, it can happen.
One miracle in the bag, and still we wonder if God would do that for us?
It is easy to speak about the faithfulness of God. It is another thing to live it.
(Jesus said) “Amen amen, I say to you, the one who believes in Me will also do the work I do, and will also do greater things than this because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)