God’s command for his people to gain a measure of faith that will allow God in them to do even greater works than He did in Jesus. (John 14:10-14) Read that Scripture out loud and listen for what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Perhaps “step outside of yourself” and look at your reaction. For me, the command here is one of many that Jesus spoke of in the Gospels that in my Christian walk, I always dreaded and walked around. This command did many things to me. It shocked me that if I was ever to be his servant that I would do not only what Jesus did but also do even greater things than heal the sick,for example. Looking at sin in my life and my personality, I went from shock to panic. And from that panic, I went into denial, or numbness. Perhaps you were like me in Bible studies when you come across this passage you used your intellect to explain away that this verse didn’t really mean what it seems to mean. Eventually for me the rationalization deadened the conviction of what the Holy Spirit revealed. Later, as I got older, I was challenged by this command. In my age and walk, I decided that I was arrogant to think that I could have enough faith to do even greater works than Jesus! I added more rationalizations to numb the conviction I had, and still have. This is from years of being deceived by people who, for whatever reason, failed to make this clear to me.
When I came to the realization that I needed to wake up from my numbness, I had to know that the reasons I didn’t see this command as a promise, but as a thing to be dreaded, was because I had resigned to let sin rule in my life and hope I had enough faith, in my piety, that God will use some of his grace because I believed in His son to make me right with Himself. Later on, I knew that I could not, but that it would be God in me doing these greater works. But how do I do get past myself to get this measure of faith?