“The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it.” – John 14:12-13, The Message
Greater things in 2017
Jesus promised that greater things are coming in and through those who trust Him. These greater things are not accomplished apart from Jesus. If we work along the lines of who Jesus is, we will experience things that are beyond the sphere of our intellectual abilities. This is where faith is at its best – believing in the unseen through God’s promises. What are those greater things that we have been hoping for in our personal lives and in our ministry? Keep in mind that God’s ways are not our ways so think beyond what’s normal in our everyday lives. God’s ways are not subject to our natural circumstances. So we believe that greater things are yet to come in 2017.
Doing His works
Each of us will do the works that Jesus did — actually, we will do what Jesus is doing, right now. Faith and works are joined together. Work alone does not produce life in us but together with faith, we work alongside God as He interacts in our lives. His works are practical things, things that we can translate into actions. In Luke 9:13 Jesus asked His disciples to do a practical thing, “You feed them.” Later, the disciples found themselves doing practical things with God’s power. God has given us access to the resources of heaven. He has enabled us to do such works as He has done. Planning is good but there’s no substitute for joining what God is doing. This is the reason why we can expect to see and to experience miracles, signs and wonders – we are doing His works.
What should we ask of Him for 2017?
Jesus said that He would do “whatever we ask in His name”. In prayer, ask Him to do mighty things in 2017 – things in step with the Spirit. Let’s challenge ourselves by anticipating greater things will come as we continue to keep our eyes on Jesus. Jesus said that we will do greater things in order for us to do His works. Think and plan beyond our intellect since He is beyond the sphere of our logical minds. He is and will do miraculous things in our lives and through our lives. Dream big, imagine practical things with heaven’s perspective then go for it. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Think and expect greater things in 2017.