So, we are created to do good works. Not so difficult a thing to do.
Or is it?
There seems to be a catch in our perception of “works.” We want to make “it” be something that is humanly possible, something that springs out of us: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, assist the needy. Noble deeds all, but does it satisfy the internal need or desire for what might be called “effective service?”
Jesus provided a model of how to do good works. He didn’t train seeing eye dogs or invent a better hearing aid; he healed the blind and made the deaf hear.
Take a peek at John 14:8-12. A bothersome passage. But can we ignore it just because it doesn’t fit either out theology or our reality? He isn’t referencing the poor, the hungry or the needy; he is specifically referencing what would be called “signs, wonders and miracles.” He doesn’t make it any easier when he says that we will do more and greater that he did.
What about the authority to do such amazing feats? Other bothersome passages like John 20:21 and Mark 16:15-18, even Matthew 28:18-19, tell us that we’ve got more than most of us want to admit, or have ever experienced.
So, what do we do?
Whop! About to slip down…