David Jeremiah - Is He Doing Greater Works or Are We?
Every year, "Forbes" magazine publishes a list of the 75 world's most powerful people. Why 75? Well, there are approximately 7.5 billion people in the world, so that's one powerful person for every hundred million of the rest of us. You can guess who's on that list. It won't take you a lot. The presidents of the United States, and Russia, and China, and Germany, other prominent leaders of state, several military leaders are on the list along with the planet's most successful entrepreneurs and some of the wealthiest people in the world.
Funny thing about the "Forbes" list, no one stays on it for very long. Sometimes it's a political fortune, a shift in the economy, maybe it's an illness, or an accident, or a scandal, or a slur. All of these things can take a person from powerful to pitiful in just a short time.
Most of us remember James A. Baker who was a dominant force in American politics for many decades, especially in the Bush's years. He described the moment that he realized the fleeting nature of power. He said as chief of staff at the White House, he was riding home in his sleek black government limousine, and looking out the window he saw this man walking down the street all by himself. He was someone that many of us would have recognized, a chief of staff in a previous administration. Baker said there he was alone, no reporters, no security, no adoring public, no trappings of power, just one solitary man alone with his thoughts.
It's kind of lonely to be the former anything of anything, isn't it? So, I want to recommend something better than the power that we can achieve in this world. I want to talk to you today about the power that is available to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, I want to ask you a question and here's my question, "Is Jesus doing greater works now, or are we"? You may say, "That's a pretty dumb question. Anybody can answer that. I mean, Jesus is always gonna do better things than we do". But before you answer the question, listen to my sermon because you might be in for a surprise.
Have you ever looked up the word "power" in the Bible? I mean, it's everywhere. The word "power" is a very, very prominent word in the Scripture. Here's just a few representatives of the places where you can find it, Luke 4:36, "With authority and power, Jesus commands the unclean spirits". Acts 10:38, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power". Matthew 9:6, "The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins". Matthew 24:30, "You will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power". Revelation 5:12, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power".
Now, the wonderful thing about the power of Jesus is, that's the place where we find our resources. He is in charge of all the resources of the world. He's powerful. So, when we need provisions, it's pretty neat to be able to go to the most powerful one. There's nobody above him. His name is above every name.
And sometimes people come to me and say, "Dr. Jeremiah, I'm having this problem. Would you pray for me"? And I sometimes say, "Yeah, have you prayed"? "Well, I'm asking you". "No, I'm not your priest. I'm your pastor. Why don't you pray to God? You can go right to the most powerful one in all the universe, and you can do it personally. You don't have to go through me. I'm happy to pray for you, but please don't misunderstand, my prayers are not any more viable before God than yours are".
There is no pecking system in heaven. You don't get so many prayers answered because you're a pastor. You just come before the Lord. And here's what you need to understand, he's powerful. And I want to just take you on a little journey of the power of Jesus, his great works that he does. And I want to tell you, this is just a small sampling of everything. For in the Bible, in the New Testament, we have a great number of miracles that are reported in all four gospels, some individually in this gospel, some in that. The power of Jesus and his performing acts are everywhere to be seen in the Bible. I'm only gonna talk to you about five. First of all, I want to tell you about his power over storms.
According to Matthew chapter 8, one day Jesus came down out of the mountains and walked to the shore, got in a boat with his disciples, went into the back of the boat and went to sleep. And Matthew 8:25 says, "His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' And He said to them, 'Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?' Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, 'Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?'"
Jesus went to sleep in the boat, and there was a storm and the waves came up and the wind came up, and Jesus was a sound sleeper. And the disciples came and woke him up and said, "Lord, don't even care about us? You're gonna to let us drown in the middle of this"? And these verses tell us that when Jesus was awakened, he rebuked the wind like a parent would rebuke their little child, and the wind stopped and the waves were calm. And the Bible says that Jesus did all of this and he knew in advance he was gonna do it. In other words, this was a setup. He knew there was gonna be a storm. He slept in the back of the boat. I've often thought he was peeking, but I don't know for sure.
And in the midst of that storm, he taught his disciples that no matter how great the storm might be, if Jesus is in your boat, don't worry. He's got it in control. Just stop for a moment and listen to Jesus and if you do, you'll hear him say, "Peace be still. Calm down. Get yourself together. I'm here, and everything you need, you have in me".
There's power in the storms. Ever have a storm in your life? Someone said you're either in one, you're coming out of one, you're about to go into one. Welcome to storms. And I have them too. You all have, that's one thing we can say we have in common. We all have storms. But here's the wonderful news, the powerful One rebuked the wind in the day of the disciples is the same powerful One who is with us in the midst of our storms, hallelujah. He never leaves us or forsakes us. There's power in the storms.
Let me talk with you about his power over shortage. I like that word "shortage" because that describes what life is like. We don't have enough money, we don't have enough time, we don't have enough room, we don't have enough... then you can make your list. Life is about not having enough. No matter how much you have, there's always something you don't have enough of. You don't have enough energy, can I get a witness? But Jesus is the one who has power over shortage.
One of the only miracles that is recorded in the four gospels is the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. And really, the story should be called the feeding of the 15,000 because in Bible days, they only counted the men so you gotta assume there was at least one woman and a child for every one man, so most Bible scholars believe that when that lunch was served, it wasn't 5,000 people, it was 15,000 people. And this happened near the town of Bethsaida, a fishing village. And in John's account of the story, he mentions that the Passover was near, so we know that this happened in the spring.
These crowds were following Jesus in the hills of Galilee, and one day as he looked out, he saw they'd been following him all day and they hadn't had anything to eat, and they were hungry. And he asked his disciple Philip, "Where are we gonna get enough bread that these people may eat"? He was testing Philip, the Bible says, because he already knew what he was gonna do. But Andrew came along and he said, "Hey, I don't know where we're gonna get all this food. Let me tell you what I know. There's this little boy who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many"? And Jesus said, "Bring him to me".
And the little boy came with his little lunch, and Jesus took the loaves and fish and he looked up to heaven any blessed it, and he began breaking this apart and distributing it to the disciples. He had organized all of the people into groups of 50, and the disciples went around feeding all these people. And all he had was the little lunch, but the more he served, the more there was. It was a never-ending supply. And the Bible says after everybody was fed, there were 12 basketballs leftover.
I never understood that. And then one day, it dawned on me, duh, there were 12 disciples, they gotta have somebody so they took that lunch home. That's not in the Bible, but that's just sort of what I thought.
Here's the thing that's so interesting, John 6:6 says that Jesus himself knew what he would do, or as the N.I.V. puts it, he already had in mind what he was gonna do. Did you know that the Bible says that your heavenly Father knows you need all these things? When you pray, you're not giving Jesus new information. You say, "Well then, if he already knows, why should I pray"? Let me answer that very clearly, because he commands you to pray, so pray. But know in you're praying that when you bring your petitions to him, he already knows what he's gonna do.
Remember, we learned about Jesus, he lives in the eternal present. He doesn't have to go someplace and figure out what he's gonna do in the future, because the future is in the present. He already knows what he's gonna do. Just like that day on that hillside before Philip said, "Lord, what are we gonna do? We don't have enough food". And Andrew said, "Oh, yeah, we got this one lunch". Jesus already knew what he was gonna do. He was gonna teach his disciples how to trust him during times of shortage. The Lord Jesus Christ has power over shortage.
You may not have enough money, but he knows that. You may not have enough energy, he knows that. You may not have enough space, he knows that. You may be out of a lot of stuff, but you can't be out of anything that Jesus doesn't know you're out of. And in the midst of it all as he was in that boat that day, as he was on the hillside that day, he knows what you need, and he's ready to help you.
Here's the third thing, power over storms, power over shortage, power over sickness. I can give testimony to that one. Jesus exercised power over illness when he was on this earth. And one thing about it that's really interesting is, you read all of the accounts, he didn't have any one specific method. You can never say, okay, if you do this now, then you'll be healed.
For instance, in John 4:50, Jesus healed a nobleman's son from a long ways away by simply saying, "Go your way, your son lives", and dozens of miles away, his son got well just like that. He touched the hand of Peter's mother-in-law. She was burning with fever, and the Bible says, immediately her temperature returned to normal. He stretched out his hand and touched a loathsome leper, and immediately the man's skin was healed. In Matthew 9:29, Jesus touched the eyes of two blind men, and immediately they had 20/20 vision.
In Mark 7, he put his fingers in the ears of a deaf man, and suddenly the deaf man could hear perfectly. In John 9, he spat on the ground and he made clay out of his saliva and smeared it on the eyes of the blind man, and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. And the man did so, and he came back seeing. In Luke 13, Jesus put hands on a woman who was bent over with infirmity that had plagued her 18 years and he said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity". And straightway, she stood as straight as an oak.
Luke 17, ten lepers yelled at Jesus for healing and Jesus said, "Go show yourself to the priest". We've talked about that recently. The priests couldn't heal him, the priest was only there to announce that they'd been healed. And the Bible says on their way to the priests, they all got better. And they stood before the priest and he pronounced them clean.
Perhaps his most unusual miracle, one of my favorite stories and I have no idea why, but I always have loved this story. Peter, in the garden, swung his sword through the air and cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest. When he saw that what they're gonna do to his Jesus, he got really ticked off, and he pulled the sword out and he cut the ear off of the person who came to get Jesus. And Jesus touched the man's head and instantly his ear was reattached and perfectly restored. I need to tell you, I've watched some of the healing things on TV. I never saw anything like that. Nobody ever does that. Only Jesus can do that.
All those who Jesus healed in the gospels, listen to me, all of the people Jesus healed, eventually got sick again, and they grew old, and they died. This healing was not permanent. But because Jesus has authority over illness, one day he's gonna resurrect us in glory, and we're gonna have ageless bodies and we'll realize, as we should, now except by faith that the sufferings of this present life are not worth comparing with the glories that will be revealed.
Perhaps the greatest thing that Jesus ever did, most people think this was his greatest moment on earth beside his crucifixion. One day, one of his friends named Lazarus got sick, and he died. And the King James Bible says he was so dead, he's stinketh. That's the Old King James. We have a New King James. It's a little more delicate than that. But Jesus didn't say that Lazarus's sickness wouldn't include death. He said that it wouldn't end in death. It would provide, instead an occasion for God to be glorified.
So, one day he stood outside of his tomb and he said, "Lazarus, come forth". And if he hadn't said "Lazarus", all the dead people would have come out of their graves that day. He made sure he called him by name because one day he's gonna come back, and the trumpet will sound, and we're gonna all be called out of our graves if we die before he returns. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we can claim the promise that while we may not be healed down here, we'll all be healed up there, amen? One day, we'll have perfect bodies. I don't never get tired of thinking about the extreme makeover that's gonna take place on our way to heaven. Won't that be something?
So, he has power over storms, he has power over shortage, he has power over sickness, he has power over Satan. One day, the devil tempted him, three times he tempted him. Why didn't Satan do that? He was trying to derail the gospel, get rid of the plan of redemption, get Jesus to accomplish his eternal work in fleshly means, take control of something that he already had control of in time. And Satan tempted him. And the Lord Jesus didn't get intellectual with him. He didn't argue with him. He didn't do any of those things that we normally think he would do. He just said, "Satan, it is written", and then he quoted Scripture. Three times Satan tested him, three times Jesus quoted Scripture.
I've always been amazed that all of those three Scriptures came out of our most famous, loving, devotional book, Deuteronomy. Come on. When was the last time you quoted Deuteronomy? Jesus did it. They were powerful verses and the Bible says at the end, Satan left him, and the angels came to minister to him. You see, Satan couldn't penetrate the purity of Jesus. He couldn't change the holiness of the Son of God. Not only can Satan not diminish the purity of Jesus, he cannot defy his authority.
Shortly after Jesus was tempted, we are told that he was accosted by fallen spirits, by demons. The demons knew who Jesus was. Example, one day Jesus was preaching in the synagogue and a man with a spirit of an unclean demon cried out and said tot Jesus, "Let us alone. What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are, you are the Holy One of God". I've always thought that was a great verse because the demons in Jesus's day know more about him than most of the modernistic preachers in this day. They knew who he was.
Jesus said, "Just be quiet and come out". The Bible says in one last flurry of activity, the demon came out and the man was thrown to the ground. He wasn't hurt. And the crowd was watching and this is what they said. What a Word this is, "For with authority and power, with authority and power, he commands the unclean spirits and they come out".
Let me tell you something, men and women, the devil or his demons are no big deal to Jesus Christ. He is in power over them in that day, and in this day, in their lives and in our lives. You have satanic temptation going on in your life, just remember, Satan cannot handle the Lord Jesus Christ. You plead the blood of Jesus and you will find it out. Here's one that touches all of us in one way or the other.
This is the last thing I want to tell you about the works of Jesus. He has power over sadness. Did you know that? Are you sad? Some people come to church sad. Maybe something happened to you yesterday that makes you sad. Maybe you had a phone call from somebody you love and it didn't turn out right? Or on the way to church, you found out something that you didn't know that just makes you sad. I have a lot of sadness just about the people that I love and the things they go through. There's a lot of hurt, and trouble, sickness, and discord. If you let it get to you, it can make you sad all the time. But I'm here to tell you that Jesus has power over heartache and heartbreak and one way of figuring that out is to track his words.
I'm gonna tell you something, I've never done this before and I've heard this before, but I want to tell you something I found out this week. On five occasions, Jesus walked into a situation and he said to the person, "Be of good cheer". For instance, when a paralyzed man was overwhelmed with a guilty conscience, he was brought to Jesus. Our Lord said to him, Matthew 9:2, "Son, be of good cheer. Your sins are forgiven". How many of you know when you realize your sins have been forgiven, you can be of good cheer for a moment, for a little while before the trouble starts.
Forgiveness makes you happy, doesn't it? When a woman crept up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his robe seeking healing, he turned around and he said to her, "Be of good cheer, daughter. Your faith has made you well". When the disciples were exhausted and frightened and sinking in the middle of the night on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus came to them walking across the waves and shouting, "Be of good cheer". They're scared out of their minds, "Be of good cheer, it is I, do not be afraid".
When the 12 were distraught on the night Jesus was arrested he said to them, "In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world". And when the Apostle Paul encountered a pressure and imprisonment in Jerusalem, Acts 23:11 says that the Lord's stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul, for as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome". So, if you're gloomy over some situation for which you can find an answer, take time and study the five passages where Jesus says, "Be of good cheer". Read them in other translations. Look up the cross references, "Be of good cheer".
Listen to me, Jesus wasn't just making a suggestion. He wasn't just using a cliche. He was commanding them, "Cheer up, be of good cheer". What a glorious command. How many of you know we do have power over that through Jesus, even in the midst of the most difficult times, and usually it's just a matter of taking a step back and seeing it in perspective of time, and place, and eternity. But God brings into our sadness, his very presence and his words to be of good cheer. So, I want to say to all of you today, whatever you're going through, be of good cheer. Say it with me out loud, "Be of good cheer", amen, amen.
So, there you have five illustrations of the power of Jesus. Before we go on to the last part of this message, here's something I read this week that kind of shocked me. Remember at the beginning, I told you that these things I'm gonna tell you about, take them all together, there's probably a dozen, maybe two dozen things I mentioned about the power of Jesus, and that's only a small portion of all the things that are in the Bible about the power of Jesus. But did you know the things that are in the Bible are only a small part of all the things that Jesus did?
Listen to the last verse of John, the gospel of John chapter 21, verse 25, "And there are also many other things that Jesus did", said the writer, "which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written". Obviously, that was hyperbole, but what John was saying is, the miracles and the works of Jesus that we have in the Bible are only a small percentage of the many works that he did. Some of them are in here, and John said if you wrote them all down one by one, you'd just have so many books, you wouldn't know what to do with them.
He was a miracle-working God. He did powerful things and that's why we're so surprised when we read John chapter 14, and verse 12, where Jesus is talking to Philip and he says to Philip, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Philip, that he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do, and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father". Now, that is an astounding statement. Jesus said, "Philip, all the things that I do, you're gonna be able to do them but, Philip, don't be happy with that because you're gonna be able to do greater works than I do because I go to the Father".
Now, why could that happen? Listen, when Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and he ascended to the Father, 40 days after that, the Holy Spirit was given to the world by the Father. When Jesus Went back to heaven, God sent His Holy Spirit to live within every believer so that while Jesus was on this earth, he was localized. But now the Holy Spirit is come and Jesus is in all of us who believe, and we're all over the place. So, we can do greater works, first of all, because we have a greater message.
Listen to me, when Jesus was on this earth 2,000 years ago, he did great things. We've talked about some of them. When he healed somebody, that was a temporal thing, that person died or got sick again. All of his miracles were temporal in the physical realm, and they weren't really done in the first place for the person upon whom the miracle was performed, but so that it might be a sign that others would believe in Jesus. But when you and I present the gospel of Jesus Christ and somebody becomes a Christian, when we go to our neighbors, or our loved ones, or our family, or our friends, and we tell them about Jesus and they become a Christian, that meets a permanent need in that person's life and they get what the Bible calls eternal life. And the Bible says, "And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish".
When you get eternal life, you may die physically. You will never die spiritually. You will always be related to God. So, the greater miracle is not healing somebody from a sickness, the greater miracle is helping them come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We have a greater message and we have a greater ministry. Did you know that when Jesus Christ was on this earth, he located himself in a small portion of the land of Palestine and he never left? Someone has said that Jesus never left a space even close to the size of Vermont.
Wherever Jesus's miracles were happening, Jesus had to be there because he had voluntarily allowed himself to be in the flesh and accepted the limitations that we have as humanity. But when he went back to heaven and the Father gave us the Holy Spirit, now Jesus's Spirit is in everyone who's a believer, so there are millions of followers of Jesus all over the world. And everywhere there's a believer, the presence of Jesus is there and there's a ministry of some sort. This is an amazing thought.
Today, we live in this incredible time when we can take the message of Jesus way further than Jesus took it in his own presence, and it's all Jesus in us doing Jesus's work. But Jesus said, "When you allow me to work in you through the Holy Spirit I have given you, greater work you will do than I ever did on this earth because my Father has received me into heaven and the Holy Spirit has come to live within each of us". I'm marvel at that, and I just sometimes wonder how it could ever happen.
Martin Luther said, "Christ took but a little corner for himself to preach and to work miracles, and but a little time, whereas the apostles and their followers have spread themselves through the whole world". And it was Jesus who said, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel. And lo, I am with you always". And is he? Yes, in the presence of his Spirit, he is with us everywhere we go and the Spirit of Jesus is in us. So, wherever we go, we take Jesus with us, amen?
And so, we are pictures of Jesus everywhere we go. We get the privilege of expressing the love of Jesus everywhere in the world. Whereas Jesus, while he was on this earth, he stayed in that little space in Palestine. What Jesus is saying to us is this, "While I was on this earth, I was localized. I could only touch individual men and women in my travels and speak to a few local audiences. But believe me, after I am gone and the Holy Spirit comes to fill and empower my sons and daughters, my minister will be as far spread as Christians are far spread".
Whenever there's a believer, there's a ministry. We have a greater message, we have a greater ministry, but there's something else. We have greater miracles. I touched on this briefly, but let me come back to this. The miracles that Jesus did while he was here on this earth are all temporal in nature.
John Phillips helps us understand that, he wrote these words. He said, "It's wonderful for a man's eyes to be open physically, but it's even more wonderful for him to see and understand the gospel. It's a beautiful thing to see a leper made pure, it's even more beautiful for his heart to be made pure. It's a miracle for a deaf man to hear words and music, it's even more miraculous for him to hear and respond to the gospel. And while a dead man might praise God when brought back to life for a few years, a spiritually dead man will praise God for all eternity when he meets Jesus".
When you get healed physically, you ultimately will die but when you get healed spiritually, you will never die. That healing is forever. That's why when we go with the gospel, we are witnessing the greatest miracle that can ever happen in this world.
Dr. Furman is the president of World Medical Missions. It's a group that takes doctors on short term ministry trips to the mission field like he goes to Africa many times every year, and he'll take 10 or 15 doctors with him who have specialties in different areas. And they'll go into an area and they'll just try to help as many sick people as they can. These doctors will do that. Then they'll come back and they never come back the same. They always come back changed.
Dr. Furman told me one day something I never forgot. He said, "You know, David", he said, "we used to just bring people in, and do surgery on them, and get them better, and hope that someday later we'd get a chance to share Jesus with them". And he said, "One day, we realized that if we perform the lesser miracle on them and we don't tell them about the greater miracle, we've just made them more healthy to go to hell". He said, "That's a bad thing". So, he said, "What we do now is, if the person is conscious, we don't operate on them until we tell them about Jesus".
Before anybody is operated on in their medical clinics, before the lesser miracle is done, the greater miracle is explained. They may not accept Jesus, but at least they have the opportunity to hear about it before the medical surgery. You see, in the accounting system of God's kingdom, physical temporal results are great, but spiritual eternal results are even grater. And Jesus promised his disciples that they would do spiritual works that would exceed his own in their geographical reach and their eternal results.
During the fighting in the Pacific during World War II, a sailor on a United States submarine was stricken with acute appendicitis. The nearest surgeon was thousands of miles away. Pharmacist mate Wheeler Lipes watched the seaman's temperature go up to 106 degrees. His only hope was an operation. So, Lipes told him, "I've watched doctors do it. I think I can do it. What do you say"? Yeah, right. Maybe the question is, what would you say?
The sailor realized he didn't have any other options, so he consented. So, in the wardroom, the patient was stretched out on a table beneath a floodlight. That sounds a lot like the circumstances that Dr. Furman has told me about on his trips to Africa. The mate and assisting officers dressed in reversed pajama tops, masked their faces with gauze, the cook boiled water for sterilizing the instruments. A tea strainer served as an antiseptic cone. A broken-handled scalpel was the operating instrument. Alcohol drained from the torpedoes was the antiseptic. After making the first incision, the mate took 20 minutes to find the appendix. Two-and-a-half hours later, the last stitch was sewed just as the last drop of ether gave out, and 13 days later, the patient was back at work.
Now, let me ask you a question, suppose that sailor had done that surgery on that man in the hospital, which is the greater surgery, the one done in the hospital, or the one done aboard that torpedoed boat? Obviously, the greater thing was what he did in his limitations without all of the help of a lot of surgeon helpers, and nurses, and all of the things, the greater surgery was done because of the limitations that were placed upon the person who did the surgery. And that's what Jesus is saying to us. Your work is greater because of your limitations. The Lord Jesus had no limitation. He was the perfect Son of God. We are, we are ignoble children, and God uses us in our weakness, in our frailty, and he does his works through us.
And that's an amazing thing that I can go to somebody and tell them about Jesus Christ, as I have numerous times, and then watch over the years is their life as dramatically changed. They become new people and it isn't even close. You could not make any other excuse than something dramatic had happened to them spiritually and their whole life was changed. The trajectory of their life, their family, their children, their grandchildren, everything has changed because of this miracle that takes place when a person gives their heart to Jesus Christ.
Let me tell you, we don't do greater works than Jesus. That's, in the truest sense, Jesus is the greatest, but our works are greater because of the humble weakness of the instrument. The same power that through Jesus brought regeneration in life to many now flows through us. Can you get that? He came to seek and to save that which is lost. Now he lets us go seek and save the lost. We can't save them in our own power. We can just point them to Jesus. We get to be the preachers, and the teachers, and the witnesses, and get to tell people everything that will change their life.
More than any human miracle you could ever give a person, when you give them Jesus, you give them the best gift there ever is to be given and it's a gift that lasts forever and ever and ever. Our doing the works that are greater than Jesus doesn't diminish his work. It simply amplifies it. Not only did he do his work in himself, but he found a way to do his work in us, and he chose us, and he enables us, makes it possible for us to do it. It's the greatest thing you will ever do, the greatest calling.
The Bible says when you serve God with all your heart, you will be able to do greater things than Jesus did when he was on this earth because he went to the Father. And the next verse in John 14 says, "If you ask anything in my name, I will do it that the Father might be glorified". Folks, I don't think we realize what God has given us, the privilege and the opportunity we have to serve him. By every standard of imagination, this is the greatest thing in the world. Why would we ever stoop to do anything else?
We have the greatest message, we have the greatest opportunities, and God has called us to this, "Go unto all the world and preach the gospel". He said, "And lo I am with you even to the end of the age". What he calls us to do, he will equip us to do. So, if you're standing on the edge of something you think God wants you to do and you've been a little bit afraid, if he called you, just do it. Step out, and watch what he does in your life. If you stay back and you never step out, you'll never find out. Take the step of faith and watch him do great things in your life. Hallelujah.