“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” vs. 12
Those who put their trust in Jesus in this world shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out how they’re going to spend their lives. John’s gospel makes it very clear that disciples will do the works that Jesus did, and in fact, will do even more. This doesn’t mean that we’re going to do even more spectacular miracles, we don’t have to do that, but together we’re going to touch many more lives than he did with healing love and forgiveness. It’s a matter of scale. He was one person and we are the Church, we are many people, and we have the capacity to transform humanity. And more than that, we’ve got a special God connection in Jesus. His Spirit informs, enlightens, and sanctifies us on the way, and with his power our power is unlimited. It is true that we will spend some time figuring out the particulars of our calling; we all love to be able to use our peculiar gifts and talents in ways that will be useful and give us joy. We might even be able to serve in a series of occupations or professions–but whatever it is that we choose, our primary calling is to do the works of Jesus. And it’s pretty obvious that there’s a lot of loving that’s left to be done!
Thought for the Day: What works of Jesus am I doing?