“12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
21 “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Christ tells us that he’ll do anything we ask of Him – as long as you’re asking for things that line up with His will, His vision (which is the only thing that matters) of how things work.
I just want to SCREAM – WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER! THATS ALL THAT MATTERS! THE ONLY THING! That’s critical to everything else that Christ says.
If you happened to be blessed financially, do you take it as “yours” or His? He’s not a freaking genie you rub to get what you want; He’s our Lord who wants us to “do the works [He has] been doing, and [we] will do even greater things than these….”
We are doing it for Him out of love, adoration, worship, awe, “fear”, need, desire, belief, faith, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, patience, etc.
We’re not doing it out of duty or the expectation of earthly rewards. If that’s your motivation, man are you missing the point. It’s not about what we get out of it, it’s all about what we put into it. It’s about what we invest to be Christ like in our thoughts, words and deeds. To be like Christ. Not have Christ be like us.
But he who does the will of my father. The will of my father be done – not mine, not yours, not the worlds, not your preachers – but Gods will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
So, get dirty. Feed the hungry, clothe the poor, heal the sick, serve the oppressed, love your neighbor, be joyful, have mercy, be blessed. Like Christ. We can do more than He did, we can finish His work, because He will bless us.
4 Depend on God and keep at it
because in the LORD God you have a sure thing.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”