As I am preparing for this awesome new chapter in life, two scriptures have really captured my heart. Often times as Pastors we can take two different scriptures from different writers and blend their messages in order to express an idea we have. But in this case both scriptures come from the gospel of John. Jesus is speaking to the listener and in both verses Jesus uses the phrase “Believe in”.
This phrase “Believe in” only shows up 16 times in the New Testament (NJKV). These two scriptures:
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:12 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
What would happen if we really believed in Jesus to be all that Jesus says that he is? Many of us believe in John 3:16 for our salvation, but what about John 14:12 for our purpose and lifework. We can believe in John 3:16 for God’s power in saving the world, but what about God’s power in using us for GREATER! You can’t have one without the other.
In the ministry God has called me to lead, this will be our aim. We will aim to inspire people to believe in God again. We will empower people to receive God’s grace and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, but also receive God’s power and call to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our world. Our Christian identity must go beyond our personal salvation, but must reach out to save a lost and dying world. That’s our purpose and passion for developing this ministry. As ambassadors of Christ we will scream with all that we have, “BE RECONCILED TO GOD!”
God’s love is greater than anything in this world and one of most important facts that Christians must BELIEVE IN is that, through Christ God’s love is in us. Read those two scriptures and believe. I dare you to BELIEVE!