God's desire is to do amazing things through us but it requires preparation.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
Greg’s sermon on being heirs of a glorious inheritance really is a step up from milk.
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” 1 Peter 2:2
When you have a baby you wonder what that child will do when they grow up. You have high hopes for them as you give them their milk. You don’t expect them to accomplish much in their first year toward changing the world. You delight in such things as learning to walk and later talk (which really are huge). You dream of great things for their future.
Think of the amazing music written by John Williams for movies like Star Wars and E.T. Like all of us he began as a baby learning to walk and talk. Long before he wrote a note of music someone gave him milk. As believers we need the milk of the word in order to walk and talk in the kingdom, but what God has for us is far beyond just learning to walk and talk.
For many years I was frustrated with God and asked Him, “Why would you tell us in the Bible that we will do greater things than Jesus? I don’t see anything close, much less greater?” I wondered if it was because I’m not good enough.
The milk Greg teaches about washes away the concern about being “good enough.” The greater things are for those who see God’s greatness flowing through them. This takes practice. It takes baby steps. Just as you learn to walk, you learn to walk with God. Faith needs exercise.
One thing I’ve learned since coming to Northlands Church is that God will give you a prophetic picture of something amazing you will accomplish. Then He’ll lead you step-by-step in that direction. The path to manifestation of these pictures God gives us is not always easy. No, it’s preparation for the amazing! You may go though a series of tests. They’re preparation. We’re supposed to “count them as joy” because they’re our preparation for the amazing. Pastor Greg has an amazing vision for where Northlands Church is going. As a church we’re in preparation. Step by step we’re growing.
Me? I am no longer frustrated. I’m excited. Greater things are coming. I can see them coming. Amazing things. It makes me want to sail through lessons and tests to get to them.
Jesus called his disciples saying, “Come, I will make you fishers of men.” There was a process of “making,” but the end result was fishers of men who changed the world.
Northlands Church is making fishers of men and the day is coming when we will fish like the early church. We will see “greater things.” We will change the world.
“Inheritance is as much about the work that God wants to do in us as it is about the work that God does through us.” Greg Haswell, Heirs of a Glorious Inheritance 2
Father God, we rejoice in the amazing things you have called us to accomplish and in the preparation needed to get us there.