Greater Than These & the Three C’s

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.”

–John 14:12

This is another amazing example of the leadership of Jesus – God in the flesh not caring that, but instead purposefully working it out so that, his followers would accomplish greater things than he did.

When I ask our church staff to be together “the three C’s”: collegial, cooperative, and committed, I am thinking of these qualities in a Gospel of John kind of way.  This really provides a guiding vision for all our human relationships in the Body of Christ.  We are collegial as children (1:12), servants (12:26), and friends (15:12-15) of God through the person of Jesus.  We have different, often temporary roles, in accomplishing what we are called to accomplish, yet at no time are any of us more valued or more valuable than the other; we never get beyond our core, shared identity as children, servants, and friends of God.  Thus we are collegial.  We are cooperative because it matters not in the least who gets the credit whenever God is glorified and the compassion of Christ becomes tangible in our midst.  We are passionately committed, not first to an institution or set of objectives, but first to ‘the word made flesh’ who then leads us to embrace some specific, shared objectives for a period of time.

“Greater works than these” leaves a lot of room, a lot not yet accomplished as we look to the future.  It seems daunting at times and perhaps grandiose, yet seeing the fulfillment of John 14:12 in our midst is something I find worth getting up for in the morning and throwing myself into with gusto.  Can we be part of Jesus’ “greater than these” works?  Is it possible?   With and only with the collegial, cooperative, and committed people with whom I am privileged to share life, I actually think this is possible.

All I can say is, let’s find out.

Grace and peace,

Dave

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