“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.”
Phillip, a disciple of Jesus, had a first row seat to the ministry of Jesus. He saw Jesus cure the sick, heal the physically and emotionally challenged, and with a word made God’s incredible message of grace and hope come alive for the people. Yet Phillip was not satisfied, he wanted more proof that Jesus was as close to God as Jesus said, “I am the way the truth, and the life.”(John 14:6) So often, we are satisfied being spectators rather than participators. We want the satisfaction of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior and that through the amazing grace that Jesus shared we may have eternal life. Yet Jesus wants more for us than simple understanding of the concept of faith. Jesus calls us to actually be a part of the life of faith and offers us the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish far more than Jesus did in his earthly ministry. If all we needed was an understanding of faith and the gift of Jesus Christ then all the Bible would amount to is another self-help manual and serving the church nothing more than time served. But through Jesus Christ we have been given an incredible gift, a gift that makes faith come alive and the word of God a reality. We are filled “all in all,” with the power of God’s Holy Spirit to do far more for our neighbor than Jesus ever did during his earthly ministry. The challenge for us is to believe that we are a beloved part of our faith, filled to the brim with the power to witness to the world a far more excellent way to live. You have been given a gift, a gift that cannot be taken away by anybody on this planet. You have been filled with the very presence of God to do far more than you could ever imagine. If you don’t believe that you have been filled with the grace of God, then look around and see what God has already given you. You have been blessed, and you have been filled, to the max! Thank you Jesus.