“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. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14, NKJV)
We live in a very consumer-driven culture. As a result, despite our best intentions, everything becomes all about us. This was part of the reason Jesus came, not only to die for our salvation, but live life on earth for thirty-three years as our example. He set aside His deity as the Son of God to live as a Man completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was so in tune with the Father through the Spirit, He walked free of fear through all He encountered in ministry; constantly challenged by religious leaders, facing death several times, challenged by the many hours of ministering to the masses each day. It was this dependence which allowed Jesus to sleep in the boat during a storm (see Matthew 8:24). It was this dependence which allowed Jesus to see another solution, rather than simply relying on human wisdom (see Matthew 14:13-21).
If a dove landed on my shoulder and I wanted it to remain there, I would walk in such a way that it would not fly away. I would take each step with the dove in mind. The Gospels tell us that the Holy Spirit was represented as a dove, at Jesus’ baptism. Obviously, the Holy Spirit is not a dove. The point is, Jesus took each step with the Holy Spirit in mind.
It was Jesus’ intention that every believer be filled with the Spirit, just as He was. Only in this way could we do the works that He did and even greater works. Some might say, “Wait a minute! No one can do what Jesus did! He was Jesus!” Yes, and His Word is true. Jesus wasn’t out to make a name for Himself. He was out to obey the Father’s instructions. He knew that in His obedience, the Father was faithful to bestow the honor He was due.
So often we run from one need to the next, trying to make sure we are as comfortable as possible, often only coming to God when we face a desperate need. Yet, the Bible tells us that in God’s presence is, “…fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).
It is as we come to know God through Jesus Christ in an intimate way that we are able to discover Him as the healer (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24); as our provider, such as in the feeding of the five-thousand referenced above (see also Philippians 4:19), and as a miracle worker (see Matthew 14:22-33). When we pursue His presence, we cease to worry as much about trying to get our needs met because we find He is more than willing to provide for every need.
I encourage you to pursue God’s presence and discover Him in a whole new way.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.