Jesus said, “Greater works will you do when I leave than I have done.” Think about that. He’s talking about you and me, and He is saying that we’ll do greater things than He did. It’s almost mind-boggling!
Jesus expects us to take the Gospel into the world. He expects us to live out the Gospel in the world. We can do this. He isn’t asking the impossible. Not only is there no law against love, but He said that if we ask anything in His name, He will do it. And He keeps His promises.
To take the Gospel into the world and live it, we have to know what it is. The Gospel is the good news, right? The good news. It’s not hellfire and brimstone. The Gospel does not say, “I’m going to scare you to death.” It’s not the judgmental news. It is the good news. We can bring it to the world. We only have to do what Jesus did.
What did Jesus do? He loved on people! When they were hungry, he gave them something to eat. The Bible tells us that once, He fed five thousand people. In fact, it was way more than 5,000. The Bible says He fed 5,000 men, and all the women and children that were with them. And when you look at that passage, you’ll realize that He not only fed them, but He fed them until they were full. And then there were leftovers! He fed them so well, that there was more food left over than when He started.
This is abundance! Jesus says, “Where I am, there is abundance.” Where He is, there is enough and more left over. That’s good news! This is what Jesus expects us to bring to the world.
For two thousand years, Christians have been doing that. We have! Do we do it well? Not always! We can be selfish.
Our selfishness is a sin. When sin came into the world, the potential for suffering came with it. Selfishness causes hunger issues, and it perpetuates them.
Remember when Joseph was interpreting dreams? He told Pharaoh, “There’s going to be a famine, because food production is going to come to a halt. There’s going be dry areas. There’s going be times of no fruit. So you better store up.” Pharaoh listened to Joseph. He stored up against the famine, and the people survived.
We see famine in the Old Testament all the time, and we see it happening right now. But today’s corrupt governments don’t plan for famine. They don’t store up.
It’s the poor that pay the price. They pay with their lives.
There has to be a redemptive love for them. That is our job as ambassadors of Christ. Jesus expects us to bring the good news. He wants us to bring His kingdom to earth. And we get to do it the way He did it. We get to bring it with abundance.
We can do it! We have His example, His Spirit, and His promise.
More on this next time. See you Tuesday.