“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)
It’s interesting that this section began with Jesus telling His followers not to be troubled, which is also the same comfort that God gave Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah as they faced great trouble. (2 Chronicles 20:15) When we trust God two things happen: first, we begin learning to leave our troubles behind and trust God to take care of them; and second, we begin to make an impact on the world as we do those things Jesus would do. Jesus promised us that we would do greater works because He went to the Father. We understand know that we’re empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the works of Jesus around the world. We can make an impact around the world just by doing what Jesus would do.
So what would Jesus do? I have a friend who understands what Christianity should be, but doesn’t claim to be one. She recently made a statement that echoed Gandhi’s gentle rebuke of Christians: “I would be thrilled to see more of those who identify as “Christian” actually living the teaching of the Christ.” Jesus rebuked those in power who used that power to put others down. He showed compassion on the poor and the outcast. He loved all people. He forgave…always. He met the needs of people. He didn’t see His faith as an opportunity to enrich Himself, but as a means to minister to others who were hurting. Jesus brought peace, healing, and reconciliation. In a world that’s filled with hatred, vengeance, greed, and war, doing the works of Jesus would make a revolutionary impact that would change the world.
Lord, let me do the works of Jesus and change this world. Let me love all, even those opposed to me. Let me show Your forgiveness, even when it’s not sought. Let me use the wealth You’ve given to help others.