Greater Than For The Least

“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe me because of the things I do.

“I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father. I will do anything you ask ⌊the Father⌋ in my name so that the Father will be given glory because of the Son. If you ask me to do something, I will do it.”

John 14:11‭-‬14 GW

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40 NRSV

Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’

Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

Matthew 25:44‭-‬45 NRSV

Jesus is a suffering servant to sinful humanity.

We’re supposed to worship and obey God and yet God put on flesh to come and serve us.

How does that work?

What does that reveal about the nature of God’s heart for humanity?

The more I learn, the less I know.

Wonderful and great are the mysteries of Christ Jesus, God in the flesh.

You’d think after 21 years of believing that Jesus is who He claimed to be that I’d be super solid in my faith and that I could explain it at the drop of a hat.

You know what the weird thing is?

I know now more than ever that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, but what that looks like is so different than what I had seen, imagined or been taught by fellow followers of Jesus.

Now, before we throw the bath water out with the baby, we need to rightly identify the Body of Christ.

That’s where the most confusion seems to be, both for the churched and the unchurched.

Born again believers who are led by the Spirit are the Body of Christ.

Going to church meetings and conferences doesn’t make you a Christian.

Reciting a prayer doesn’t make you a Christian.

Putting on a religious face doesn’t make you a Christian.

Following Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, makes you a Christian.

The Gospel can’t be preached except by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel can’t be believed except by the power of the Holy Spirit.

No one can say that Jesus Christ is Lord except by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You see a theme here?

I mean this is very fundamental, foundational stuff.

But somehow we forget it.

At least I do sometimes.

Jewish believers in God can’t see Jesus in the Torah unless the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of their understanding.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

We preach the message of Jesus in faithful obedience.

If it’s God’s will that someone believe it, they will.

We forget that it’s God that saves people.

But we all have to do our part.

Some go, some pray, and some send.

Without prayer, all our efforts are futile.

Even Jesus prayed every night to get His orders from the Father.

Everything Jesus did was blessed.

Why was that?

Because He only did what He saw the Father doing and only said what He heard the Father say.

Jesus was a prophet, in addition to being the Messiah.

He knew ahead of time everything that was going to happen because the Father revealed it to Him.

And yet there’s somethings that even Jesus doesn’t know but only the Father, like when He’s coming back again.

It’s all in the mind of God.

God is the Head of Christ.

And Christ is the Head of man.

Right now, we see in part and know in part.

But someday, all will be revealed.

So what does that mean for us today?

It means we need to get our daily marching orders straight from headquarters.

God is orchestrating everything.

We can work with God or we can work against God.

God’s heart is always for the outsiders, the disenfranchised, the outcast, the poor, the lost, the broken, the oppressed and the abused.

He is a God of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration.

All of life, time and history is one big masterpiece painted by the hand of God to give glory to His Name.

Why does He do it this way?

I think it’s because He wants to build His family on love and unshakable faith.

He wants everyone in His household to be willing to die for everyone else.

He wants us to know we’re safe and secure.

Some people play the game, but inside their hearts are wicked.

That’s why God tests us, to see how pure our faith is.

I don’t know why I even write anymore, everything I say is in the Bible pretty much.

Except there’s some people that don’t regularly read their Bible, but they’ll listen to what I say because they know me.

And being a Christian sometimes means your life is the only Bible some people will ever read.

So try to live the message of Christ completely, everyday.

Heal the sick.

Open blind eyes.

Open deaf ears.

Cast out unclean spirits.

Share the Gospel.

Make disciples.

We can all do this now thanks to the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Jesus multiplied Himself in us, the Church.

The seed had to fall to the ground and die before it could spring up to new life and yield a great harvest.

First the physical, and then the spiritual.

First the natural, and then the supernatural.

First Jesus.

Then us.

Go and do likewise.

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

John 12:24 NRSV

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