While Jesus Christ was here among us, He deliberately limited Himself to three years of ministry in Palestine—to a small area for a short time—before dying and rising from the dead to save us.
Today Christ is calling you and me, His ambassadors, to dream great dreams because anyone who believes in Him can do the great works He did (John 14:12-15). How is that possible? The key to His promise is twofold.
First, because Christ was going to the Father, He would send the Holy Spirit to indwell us. Now that the Spirit indwells us as believers, Christ does His works through us!
Second, Christ adds a condition to His promise: "Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing." The Lord challenges us to have faith—not necessarily to have more faith, but faith in Him. It is an ongoing faith. Another translation puts it this way: "He who continues to believe in me will also do the works that I do."
Are you expecting great things from God? If it's true that we are ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), then we can't remain passive.
Do some dreaming. Envision the billions of people who have not heard the Gospel in this generation. How could God use you to share Christ at work, at school, in your neighborhood and beyond? Make specific plans of action. Attempt great things for God today!
Based on your study of God's Word, what do you believe God wants to do in and through your life?
Have you asked Him to do it yet?
What do you wish you could do for God?
When you pray, do you ever hesitate to ask the Lord for something? Why?
Read John 14:12-15. The Lord wants us to dream great dreams. List what else He wants us to do.
As you read through the New Testament, think about what ways the apostles fulfilled Jesus' words, "[You] will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
PUT TO ACTION
Can God use you to lead someone to faith in Jesus Christ? Yes, He can!
Explore what opportunities of service are available through your local church. Make plans now to volunteer to serve the Lord as a camp counselor, Vacation Bible School music leader, Sunday school teacher, youth group sponsor, or evangelistic home Bible study host/hostess.