I believe more people marvel at the powerlessness of the church than its real Holy Ghost power.
John 5:20 – For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
Take a moment to re-read our Text for Today. Do so slowly, purposefully, and with intent to see the broader picture of what Jesus was saying. Jesus said, “For the Father loveth the Son;” “and sheweth him all things that himself doeth;” “and he will shew him greater works than these.” But He also said one more thing in this verse. He gave the reason for the Father’s manifesting His love to the Son and for showing the Son all the things He (the Father) does. He declares that Father would show Him greater works. And then He states clearly and without equivocation, THE REASON – “that ye may marvel.”
At this writing, I am 68 years old. I have traveled to many nations of the world, seen much, experienced much, and witnessed many things that cause me to “marvel.” I’m sure that you, too, have seen numerous things that have caused you to “marvel.” But please be honest with yourself in your answer to the following question. When you attend church services at your home church, visit another church, or perhaps even be involved in the ministry of said services, what really happens to cause you to “marvel?” Has the church become so traditionally engrained in its format that all that occurs is generally what we expected? Did the service you last attended cause you to “marvel” because of mighty manifestations of the Lord, or do we find ourselves marveling at week after week of the ordinary? I am NOT attempting to provoke anyone to anger or shame. NOR am I desirous to see one ministry or denomination prevail over another. I want to see Jesus! One song writer said it so well when he wrote, “Lord, I’m hungry for a mighty move of God. Lord, I’m thirsty; pour out Your Holy Ghost. Lord, I want to see the hand of God move mightily inside of me; I’m hungry for a move of God.” While Father is certainly worthy of the finest we have to offer, should we make Sunday morning a performance to demonstrate talent, or a pouring out to demonstrate adoration? Should our altars and aisles be filled only with dancers and ministers of helps, or should we add to that mix the desperate and multitudes needing healing? Should our pulpits be filled with contracting manipulators, or with covenant ministers?
I pray you hear a cry for the marvelously holy in my voice. Father desires to work in a way that causes both His people and the world to marvel. To make that possible, we MUST see what He is doing. Oh my Father, open our eyes, for we want to see Jesus! In fact, more than wanting to see Him, we MUST see Him!
Manna for Today – John 5:19-29; John 3:16; John 14:12-17; 1 John 4:8 & 16; Romans 8:12-17; Psalm 119:89; Galatians 3:13-29; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 2 Peter 1:1-8; Isaiah 1:18; Daniel 11:32