THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
DOING THE WORKS OF GOD
May 3, 2010
Today’s reading: John 14:6-14
says: “The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.”
(Jn 14:10c). And what were those works? Giving commands to
nature that were obeyed, driving out demons, raising the dead.
These were works done in the strength of God!
says something astounding. “Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will
do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”
(Jn 14:12). Wow! Believers will do the very works of Jesus!
Thus the apostles drove out demons, and both Peter and Paul
raised the dead. Why? Because Jesus went to the Father, that
is, he ascended into heaven, leaving the continuation of his
work to his disciples, those who believe in him. Jesus commissioned
the apostles, and thus all his followers, to proclaim the
good news of salvation won on the cross. Believers who respond
to Jesus’ call step into his very sandals, and continue
with his very work of salvation.
also said that believers will do even greater works than he
did. None of his disciples of course can surpass the works
of power he manifested during his public ministry. This refers
to the greater magnitude of the work. While Jesus did his
ministry in a limited geographic area in Israel, his disciples
would bring his work to the ends of the earth.
Jesus also said, “And whatever you ask in my name, I
will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If
you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” (Jn
14:13-14). What an awesome promise!
is not a case of reciting a formula, ending our prayer of
petition with “In Jesus’ name we pray.”
What it means to pray in Jesus’ name is that we pray
according to the will of God. It is a prayer where what we
pray to happen will glorify God through Jesus. It is a prayer
of a servant through whom God shows His glory (Is 49:3). It
is a prayer for deeds that will greatly exalt Jesus, such
that at his name every knee should bend and every tongue confess
that he is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:10-11).
Jesus will grant our prayer asked in his name, to that God
may be glorified.
God glorified? When all the nations on earth acknowledge Him
as Lord and King, and give Him the worship that is His due.
How can this happen? It happens as the disciples of Jesus
go forth and proclaim the good news of salvation in him, so
that those who hear will believe and call on his name, and
thus be saved.
We have been called to evangelize and do mission, to be a
light to the nations that God’s salvation may reach
to the ends of the earth (Is 49:6b). We are called to rapid,
massive and worldwide evangelization. We can only be effective
if we work in the strength of God.
we pray: “Lord, may your strength be our strength. May
what we do for the kingdom give glory to you. We pray this
in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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