Can you believe that most people would like to be able to do the works of God?
John 6:28 – Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
I often ask people if they would like to be able to do the works of God. Almost invariably, the response is a declarative “Yes!” I can fully understand their declared interest. I want to do the same thing. Let me say at the very beginning that I have yet to master the answer to this question, but at the same time I declare that I have the answer. God is NOT trying to keep from us some secret that means we are prevented from doing the works of the Lord. On the contrary, it is the Father’s good will to give us the kingdom. God is not keeping FROMus the revelation knowledge of how to live powerfully and victoriously in the kingdom. Rather, He is keeping it FOR us. If we ask, it will be given us. If we seek, we shall find. If we knock, the door shall be opened to us.
Now consider the question of the multitude that followed Jesus because they had seen a miracle. Many people today still follow men of God because they have seen a miracle. Many follow after nationally, or internationally acclaimed men/women of God because they have seen some mighty work of the Lord through their ministry. But that, dear friend, is NOT the reason we should be following a person, even Jesus Himself. You see, Jesus Himself said it; we should be following Him and His choice servants, NOT because of some might work seen in their ministry, but because of the Word of God they declare, the message of God they deliver, the truth of God they boldly bring.
Thinking like that is not very popular, for it places a greater responsibility for seeing the works of God on the follower; on the hearer. Consider the ministry of Jesus in His Own hometown. The Scriptures declare that Jesus could do no mighty works in His Own hometown because of “their unbelief.” Nothing has changed. One of the great limiters of the manifest power of God is the unbelief of the hearers. Is the church so blind, or ignorant, or willfully disobedient that we will not accept our responsibility for believing the truth of God’s Word when it is spoken? When the Word of God is preached, but those who hear it do not mix it with faith, that Word, that Truth of God, that Word that created all that is, profits the hearer nothing. And forget not our traditions which can make the Word of God of none effect. There are two elements we must eliminate from our lives if we will see the mighty works of God done for us, and even more importantly, through us.
Manna for Today – John 6:22-59; Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 12:37; Mark 11:22-24; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; Hebrews 4:2