The inspiration behind this post comes from Steven Furtick, Senior Pastor of Elevation Church, who is coming out with a new book on the subject of greater things. On his blog, stevenfurtick.com, he gave a little peek into what his new book is all about.
Jesus said in John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Why did Jesus say that we would do what He did and even greater things than He did? Jesus was the Spirit of God wrapped up in flesh. At the time Jesus was on the earth, He was the only person filled with the Spirit. Jesus came in order that He might get the sin out of us so that we could be the Spirit of God wrapped up in flesh. So instead of just one person filled with the Spirit, Jesus, there could be hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people filled with the Spirit. Paul tells us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (See 1 Corinthians 6:19) and that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us (See Romans 8:11). So it went from one person filled with the Spirit, Jesus, to 120 people filled with the Spirit, the disciples in the upper room, to thousands of people filled with the Spirit, the day of Pentecost and at the time of the early church in Acts, to millions of people filled with the Spirit, in the church today. Jesus could only be in one place at a time therefore the Spirit could only be in one place at a time. Now the Spirit can be in multiple places at the same time because the Spirit is wherever we are. This is the very reason why Jesus said that greater things we will do.
But why don’t we see these greater things? We read the Gospels and see what Jesus did, we read the book of Acts and see what the disciples and early apostles did, but we seem not to see even those things today let alone greater things. I believe the main reason why we don’t see greater things in the world today is because we tend to settle for a mediocre lifestyle instead of the abundant life that Jesus has provided for us (See John 10:10). A good friend of mine gave me some great advice recently that I have taken to heart. He said “You will have many opportunities come up in your life, but don’t settle for the good and miss out on the great.” We see this happen is our lives today, but we also see it happen in the Bible thousands of years earlier.
Elisha was content with plowing a field for the rest of his life. It wasn’t until Elijah came along, got him out of the good thing he was in, and showed him the greater things that God had in store for him (See 1 Kings 19:19-21). The cripple at the temple gate became content with the way he was until Peter and John came along and showed him that it did not have to be like that (See Acts 3:1-8). The disciples were content in living their mediocre life styles until Jesus came along and told them to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him (See Luke 9:23). Most of us, including myself, have been content with the life we were living until Jesus came and showed us the greater things that God has for us.
So are you settling for the good in life and missing out on the great? Are you satisfied with the life you are presently living? Or do you want Jesus to come along and show you the full potential God has for you? Believe in Jesus today, trust in God, step out in faith, and start seeing and doing the greater things that you were born to do.