"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." -John 14:12
"Today is not meant for trivial tasks. It is not to be consumed with consumption or used up with self-glorification. No it's time to take things up a notch. To serve more. To love more of the unloved. To build more temples to God's glory here on earth." -Joshua Dubois
When I visit New York city, I am not a very good tourist. I do not look up. I walk as though my pants are on fire, going from one stop to another, head down, agenda set. The last time I was in the city with my fiancé Randy we actually did visit Times Square. I find it overwhelming. The insane amount of people, the intensity of the lights, and the profundity of messages from every vantage point. Perhaps it is the epicenter of consumption in our American society, symbolizing the internal state of many of us.
For the past year, I have been reading from Joshua Dubois' The President's Devotional nearly every day. The excerpts are insightful and brief, two wonderful qualities for a daily devotional. This past month he had a meditation on the "work" we are to be about as disciples of Christ in the world. His reflection on John 14:12 made me return to these words of Jesus that I have often meditated on as intriguing, perplexing and even challenging. We, the followers, are to do "greater works" than Jesus?
I find these words challenging for many reasons, but for one in particular recently. I look within myself and at my colleagues, friends, family, and the world landscape and so many of us are fighting. We are fighting our inner demons, fighting our family members, fighting our neighbors, fighting for power, fighting because others pray in a different way, fighting for land, fighting for resources, or just fighting to fight. I do not stand righteous above the rest, please do not think I count myself innocent.
What I heard the Spirit of God whispering to me when I read these words of scripture this time was, what are YOU consumed with every day?
Am I consumed with the word of God? Am I consumed with the spirit of God? Am I consumed with love, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, and love? Do I breathe for two minutes and consider my actions before I commit to a way of living in the world?
Am I consumed with the thought...Is this a greater work than what Jesus did?
If the answer to that question is no, then maybe whatever I am considering doing is not worth my time. I only have a few short years in this life--what will I do, how will my works be greater than the one who healed lepers, brought the dead back to life, and rose from the dead?
Lauren seeks to inspire others to live passionate, authentic, joyful lives every day. She loves spending time with God, listening deeply to others, and pondering the mysteries of life. She is grateful for her family, her friends, and the amazing opportunities she has had in her life. On the lighter side she enjoys most anything that sparkles, great handbags, fine china, cute puppies, smiling babies, dark chocolate, and a great movie on a Friday night!