Oakley United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Bringing Joy to God and Our Neighbors
“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 . . .” John 14:12
“The Finger of God”
“The Finger of God” is the title of a documentary that Debbie and I watched a year or so ago; a film that shows that the God of the Bible is still doing miracles today. Darren Wilson interviews Christians from various parts of the world to show how God is still working amongst His children today. I must confess, even as a Christian pastor, I am skeptical when it comes to miracles and faith-healing. And, even as I write this, I don’t understand why – because so many miraculous things have occurred in my own life; so why is it so difficult to believe in such wondrous things happening in the lives of others?
At the beginning of this film, I saw things that held me in disbelief – things that were just too extraordinary to believe. But, isn’t that how God is? Isn’t God just too extraordinary to believe? That’s why it takes extraordinary people to have genuine, sincere, exemplary faith to truly believe. Is that you? Is your faith strong enough to believe that the Holy Spirit of God empowers you to “do even greater things?”
That is what Jesus told his disciples 2,000 years ago, and 2,000 years’ worth of history have proven him to be correct. Even “greater things” have been done in the name of Jesus Christ than Christ himself could have managed in his three years of ministry.
Watching that documentary encouraged me to question the depth of my own beliefs and faith. Though I have encountered numerous miracles of faith, though I have even participated in my own actions of “supernatural” faith – what is it about human nature that we maintain such a skeptical, even critical, nature when it comes to “truly” believing? Is it an inherent flaw of humanity instilled within us by sin?
Why is it that the marvelous wonders of God “satisfy” us for only a short time; while the things of this material world occupy our minds for such a long time and seem to overwhelm the wondrous works of God so that all we tend to remember is the “secular” instead of the “spiritual?” Isn’t it about time that we focus on the “spiritual;” even what some would say the “supernatural.” After all, isn’t that what our God is? Supernatural?
Find this movie . . . watch this movie . . . and then, decide for yourself – am I willing to believe in that kind of power of the Holy Spirit, or will I simply stay a skeptical Christian; a part- time believer who is devoid, unbelieving of any kind of divine power within myself? Jesus tells us that we can do “even greater things.” What are you waiting for?
Blessings, Peace, and Love – Pastor Vic