“Truly, I tell all of you with certainty, the one who believes in me will also do what I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.”
– John 14:12-14
To work the works of our Lord we may find ourselves summoning up our resolve and will to believe. We envision the mightiness and strength of our majestic King and so we stand in that power declaring healing to occur or unclean spirits to depart. Our jaw is firm and our will is iron as we strain out our certainty … and nothing happens!
Why is that? Why does apparent failure seem to be the majority of our results? The strength of our Lord is without question, as is His authority and majesty. We believe those things fully and walk in them, so why doesn’t sickness and uncleanness tremble and flee when we command in His name? Because strength, and mightiness, and majesty are not His name for us.
“Place my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls,”
– Matthew 11:29
Gentle. Humble. That is His name for us. And that is what we are to be when we walk in His name. We are to be what He is, representing Him to the world, and submitting ourselves to all He has commanded and taught. Trying to emulate only the power renders us useless because He has chosen how He works.
“But the Lord said, ‘My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.’ So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9
Instead we seek to walk as our Lord walked, gentle and humble. When we read accounts of Christ healing and commanding demons to go, what we do not see is Him straining out the power with gritted teeth, or firmly asserting that power with a commanding tone, or even pleading for that power to work. He spoke and it was done, and even just touching His cloak was enough. There was nothing in Jesus’ manner that drew attention to Him or His efforts because He knew Who His Father was, and He knew His Father would never fail Him in His mission. So He walked as a man, mortal and weak, but sent by and authorized by God.
Trying to emulate only the power renders us useless because He has chosen how He works.
Of ourselves, we are not the power – we are the vessels. And as the vessels, we carry His power on the mission He has given to each of us. And what is our mission? In short, to do good.
“We have this treasure from God, but we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This is to show that the amazing power we have is from God, not from us.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:7
Jesus was sent to find what was lost and to save what was perishing. Though He was only sent to the house of Israel God’s desire and intent for Jesus was for all of us to be saved and brought into fellowship with Him. Israel had to reject Him first in order to fulfill Scripture and allow the rest of mankind to receive His grace. His mission – ultimately to all of us – was to preach the good news, heal the brokenhearted, give sight to the blind, set the captives free, and release from bondage all who were oppressed. To declare the acceptable year of the Lord while God’s Spirit confirmed the truth.
Our mission then is also to declare the good news – and do good. Pointing people to Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven is our purpose, with healing and deliverance the proof of how good it is to trust in Jesus. We do not need to make it happen by our force of will or our intellectual prowess. We just follow His yearning within us for the lost. That heart we share in God’s Spirit is what compels us to tell others the truth that is the Gospel, gently and humbly, because we know it is and we want others to experience and receive the same. And that same shared heart is what tells unclean spirits to leave and bodies to heal, gently and humbly, because we know God does set free and heal and we want them to experience His goodness.
That’s it. That’s in the name of Jesus Christ – when He seeks through us and yearns through us and we respond in agreement.
as the vessels, we carry His power on the mission He has given to each of us
If you brace yourself when stepping out, be comforted in the fact that you are not alone. It’s our natural, soulish way of thinking to doubt. Have you ever wanted to share about a healing with someone and inside you begin to debate if you are exaggerating? That’s the doubt at work.
Settle in the truth that Jesus came to save the lost, and to do good, and that is what He continues to do through each of us. If you were given $100,000 to distribute to the poor would you hesitate? Would you be afraid to approach the poor in case you couldn’t help them, and maybe look like a fraud? Of course not! You have the money in hand and the mission ahead of you. Settle it in the truth then that you have the authority to do good in hand and the mission ahead of you is known. Just do because Jesus does!
Back to the $100,000 analogy. With the money in hand do you need to declare it to be? Do you have to command, or exert, or even plead to give it its value? No. It just is, so you just go ahead and make use of it. Gently and humbly because it already is. The value and authority it represents is already in place and does not need to be summoned. And that desire for the lost – it also just is and evidences that the value and authority it represents is already in place and does not need to be summoned.
Share the good news – and do good. You’re in His name.
Just do because Jesus does!