Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father.
Last week, I watched an episode of the tv series Masterclass that comes on the OWN Network. Each episode highlights one particular famous person, whether they are an athlete, actor, poet, social activist and so on.
The episode I watch was about basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. In the episode, O’Neal speaks of the love and respect he has for his step father, who he calls dad.
Every time O’Neal would win a trophy his father would always take the trophy and hide it. This went on for years and years. Many years later, when Shaquille was grown and playing for the Lakers, he was helping his father move and he found a huge box with all of his missing trophies. O’Neal asked his father why he hid them for so long. His father’s response was, “I never wanted you to settle. I always wanted you to be greater tomorrow than you were today.”
So it is the same in our Christian walk. Jesus tells us, in the gospels, that we will do even GREATER things than he did, once the spirit of God dwells within us.
In order for us to get to greater, what needs to take place? Just like an athlete we have to train. We are training our mind, will, emotions, spirit and flesh. We are working out by:
- Studying the Word
- Having prayer time
- Fellowshiping with mature believers
- Going to church
- Using our faith
- Trusting God
Saints of God, never settle. You have so much greatness in you.
Greater is He that lives INSIDE of you than he that lives in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Please enjoy the worship video today performed by MercyMe entitled, “Greater.”