He who believes in Me, the works that I do will he do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My FatherJohn 14:12b NKJV
I was folding my husband’s jeans, and checking the hems for frays. That’s how I determine at a glance which are his work jeans versus his dress jeans. The thought came to me that I am like a pair of jeans that are frayed on the ends—less than perfect, but usable to the majestic God I serve. Perhaps you can relate.
God is majestic in every way—He is perfect, and He is glorious. In contrast, I am very imperfect. However, rather than feeling small, I know just how usable I am because it is God within my imperfect spirit that enables me to do mighty works.
Jesus says, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do will he do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father” (John 14:12b NKJV). How is He able to say this? Jesus was dependent upon His Father, and therefore Jesus wants us to be dependent upon Him.
Jesus says, “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel” (John 5:20 NKJV). This means that through partnering with God through our relationship with Jesus, we are able to tap into the power of God.
Our divine God partners with mankind even though we are like the frayed pair of jeans, imperfect, but work-ready. The fact is, God not only partners with us, He ordains works for us to accomplish. Scripture records, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV).Our divine God partners with mankind even though we are like the frayed pair of jeans, imperfect, but work-ready. Click To Tweet
Just think of the significance—even though we are like a frayed pair of jeans, the Jesus who lives inside of us, being the express image of the glory of God the Father, creates us with a divine purpose.
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he writes, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). He doesn’t say “I can do some things.” No, he says he can do “all things.” How can he do all things? He can do all things because he leans into Christ. The works he did were ordained by our majestic Creator.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).
Paul reiterates the concept of dependence upon God’s empowerment in his letter to the Corinthians where he quotes the prophet Jeremiah, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD” (2 Corinthians 10:17; Jeremiah 9:24 NKJV). Because Paul knows he has divine empowerment he is certain he can accomplish amazing deeds to further the cause of Christ.
We too can do all things with the empowerment of our majestic Creator just like Paul did. So, let’s take the limits off what we can imagine accomplishing. Let’s go about bringing the Kingdom forward, as in Christ’s power, we work for the Lord. Every day we draw closer to Jesus Christ’s return. Let’s pray He finds us working when He comes.
In Hebrews, we read, “Now may the God of peace, who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well-pleasing in His sight” (Hebrews 13:20-21a). Not only do we do good works as blood-bought believers, our spirit-empowered works are “well-pleasing.” Christ’s approval means everything to me, as I am certain it means this to you as well. May we live to hear the Lord’s “Well done.”
“Now may the God of peace, who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well-pleasing in His sight” (Hebrews 13:20-21a)
Frays may come, as on the hems of our jeans, as we live our lives, but in some ways, we become more useful because we are certain we need Christ’s empowerment to live productive lives. Truly, we are like a frayed pair of jeans, flawed but we are work-ready, because of Jesus Christ’s empowerment.
What is a work you want to accomplish with God’s empowerment?
Father God, like frayed jeans, thank You for my weaknesses. The good things I accomplish, happen only as I lean into Your grace-filled bosom. Especially when I have reached a goal, keep me humble, and dependent upon You. Help me to proclaim Your goodness throughout the world. In Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.
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