II: Maybe Now's a good time
If you’ve ever considered the character of Jesus, you know that He is powerful and not passive, that He was assertive in doing good and doing the work of His Father. You know that He is quick to perform miracles and quick to reward those who step out of their comfort zones in faith. Jesus and His disciples went to unexpected places where He did unexpected things. He made what was unconventional an everyday reality. He performed miracles in towns like Nazareth and Capernaum, but there is no record of Him doing such things in notable towns like Sepphoris (the capital of Galilee) or Tiberias. People marveled at the miracles He performed, but more often, we read reactions along these lines:
He did what? On the Sabbath? Where even is Nazareth?
It’s fair to say that Jesus stepped out of what was normal, that He stepped into authority, and that He did it so we could follow His example. John 14: 11-13 speaks of the authority that He has entrusted to us:
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 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. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
On Thursday, Jordan addressed the doubts we all have about our status as Christians. He talked about his idea of a Christian, as someone with a nice haircut, good grades, and whose parents had perfect relationships. Those kinds of doubts are a direct threat to the authority that we have in Jesus Christ. The only way to counteract these doubts is to recognize that “our authority is based in our identity, and our identity is based in Jesus Christ.”
If we could see in the spiritual realm, we would know that we bring the Spirit of the Lord wherever we go. Imagine that everything you touched had a blue tint to it, representing the Spirit of God and the power of Jesus. Blue would be all over your room. It would color the girl from your Biology class after you hugged her. Blue would be mixed into the twenty lattes you made at work. If we could see the effect that we have because of what Jesus did, we would walk in authority. We wouldn’t be afraid to participate in the opportunities that God is giving to us every day—at work, school, in our ministries and wherever our days lead us. And if it’s true that we will do greater things than Jesus, we should be seeing miraculous things happen everywhere.
At HOME, we hope that you are encouraged: to do the work of the Father and be unconventional like Jesus. First of all, God told us not to fear because He will be with us wherever we go. And secondly, like Jordan said, “You don’t have to have it all together, and that is in the Bible, so that is fact.”
Step out. Activate the power within you. Now is the time; wherever you are is the place.
The HOME Downtown Team