“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12 KJV
As we said earlier, the Greek word used for greater is megas which is a comparative term used to describe dimensions of a thing, or quantity, age, intensity, or also describing one’s rank. If Jesus had been talking about quality, I think he would have used a word like ‘better’ instead of ‘greater.’
As with the photons in our laser example, one photon doesn’t have much power, but when the chain-reaction starts and each photon starts traveling in the same direction, same wavelength, and in phase with the original photon, then you have a powerful beam! Think about how much we could accomplish this year if we maintain that laser focus. If we just concentrate on doing what Jesus did, we would have more people giving their lives to Christ, more healings, more devils cast out, more blind eyes opened, and so forth.
I used to be a hardliner when I saw ministries who when they passed out food, clothing, and medical assistance and equated it to the gifts of the Spirit. For example, a missions team may go to country where medical service is needed with a team of doctors and nurses and minister to the sick. Some would equate this to the gift of healing as listed in 1 Corinthians 12. These are trained doctors and nurses doing a great work, but that is not necessarily a gift of the Spirit in operation. That would be many years of training being put to good use, or a learned skill. I have however heard of trained doctors and nurses how use their skills and also lay hands on the sick and pray for the sick in Jesus name. That’s a different story!
So, this year I was inspired when I saw these powerful ministries who minister to so many that are in need and how they harness the power of partnership by recruiting volunteers as well as donors. Whether you go on a mission trip or your financial gift enables someone else to go, both are necessary. As I watched ministries like Operation Blessing, Bridge of Hope, the Mercy Ship for example making such a powerful impact, I was inspired and my attention was drawn to the “greater things” verse in John 1:50. Then I thought about the time in which we live and how people young and old are volunteering and giving in ways like never before. The Millennials, by and large, want to change the world and be a part of something greater. Then I thought why not capitalize on the volunteer wave to be a part of something great and do more mercy projects. We know that these don’t substitute for preaching the gospel and ministering to the sick and oppressed, but it sure could swing a door open to do so in a greater way!
Then I read about a Great Harvest on harvestim.org website:
We recognize that God is pouring out His spirit all over the earth and a massive harvest is ready for reaping, yet individually we are limited in our ability to do all the reaping. Together, we can do more than we could ever do on our own!
Together, we can reap a Greater Harvest this year! Let’s continue to pray and seek God for greater faith, greater anointing, and greater unity. This is the year we enter into the greater things that God has for us.