“Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
We all tend to make the nature of belief to be about what we want God to do for us. Most of our prayers (the most common exercise of our faith in God) are about our requests for God to act, to move, to do something for us (or for someone for whom we are praying).
We can get very one-sided about faith… our issues, our problems, our concerns, our needs, our desires – all laid before the Great King, in the hope that He will hear us and graciously grant our requests (if we can talk Him into it!). This is usually how we tend to view the practice of our faith in God.
But Jesus’ words (in John 14:12) bring a different focus to our attention. We tend to miss the link between the “works (+ greater works)” and where Jesus is. We must remember that Jesus qualifies His amazing statement about disciples doing miraculous workings by telling us this will happen “because I am going to the Father.”
Scripture is very clear that Jesus’ current location is “seated at right hand of the Father.” (Ephesians 1:20) And Peter declares that Jesus “has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.” (1Peter 3:22)
Why is this so important? Because the Right Hand of the Father is the place of all authority on Heaven and earth. It’s where things get done. Mighty things. Miraculous things. It’s where the decree goes forth from the King of the Universe and everything in the universe must obey — everything must align with His will.
Jesus is there. In that place of authority. Getting the Father’s directions. Ready to act on the Father’s will.
But He has a very specific way in which He has chosen to act, now that He is seated at the Father’s right Hand.
He has chosen to work through His people. In many ways, ONLY through His people… “so that now through the Church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 3:10) No wonder Jesus promised that “whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing.”
The basis of Jesus’ work, here on earth, was getting ahold of the will of the Father and acting on it.
And now that He is seated at the place of heaven’s authority, He is ready to impart the Father’s will to us – and act on the Father’s will through those who will truly believe in Him.
This is where who we ARE comes into play. The Bible tells us that, because of our commitment to Jesus (through what He has done) we are eternally interconnected with Him. We share in Him. What He has. What He has done. And where He is!
Our connection with Jesus carries an eternal and infinite reality… we ARE privileged to seek out Heaven’s will and act on that will as Jesus reveals it to us – and as He invites us to participate in every bit of the process.
This should change how we pray. It is really not our matters that matter… it is our King’s matters – and we get to come boldly before His Throne of Grace to discover what He wants to do… and then, play a part in Him doing it.
True faith leads us to the place where we realize that who we ARE now in Jesus affords us the opportunity to lay hold of the Father’s authority to do whatever the Father wants done. This is the work Jesus did… now immediately available to “whoever believes” in Him.