Today’s verse reads: “For God has done greater things for us than we are able to do for ourselves.” The word “greater” means “great or greater than.”
What? How is that so? The apostle Paul says that the works of God at work in our lives have already greater things than we can ever do for ourselves. God’s greatest things are now a reality in our lives.
God has done something for us that we can never do for ourselves. He has done greater things than we can ever do. What is the greatest thing you can do for yourself that would make God smile upon you more and more?
Could it be that the greatest thing you can do for God is to become a Christian? Paul writes this next verse and I’ll say it again. God has done greater things than we can ever do. This is one of the reasons why the gospel is good news and the good news of salvation and the gospel will always be good news.
God has done greater things than we can ever do. That is why the gospel is good news. A lot of Christians are not baptized into the body of Christ because they heard the Gospel in the wrong way. You can hear the Gospel by simply reading the Bible but you cannot hear God speak to you clearly in the way the Gospel speaks to Christ.
In order to hear God speak to you clearly and precisely, the gospel has to be preached to you first. And, you have to believe what you hear because the gospel says that you have to believe in accordance with all the Law and the prophets.
The gospel is good news and the good news of salvation that God has given to us has the same meaning. Jesus was talking to individuals when He said this but when speaking to His Church, He was using it to describe the finished work of the cross of Christ. You can’t Usher in something that has already been defeated.
Cain and Abel made offering sacrifices to God but they forgot to do it properly and from the wrong perspective. Cain simply stepped aside when God asked him to sacrifice his only son, but Jairus remained childless. When we do this, we become childless too.
None of us wants to suffer the kind of disgrace and loathing that Cain met after his failure. If we don’t rise to the occasion when we hear God’s call, then we will not rise to it when He repeats His call. If we keep avoiding the situation, then it will remain an obstacle to us and we will become almost childless.
Cain and his wife, Enoch both fell down at the same time when God called to them using Moses’ lifeline. Enoch didn’t rise up fast enough when God called, and he was not ready. When Enoch went down, there was not much left to him.
This is what happens when we forget to rise up to the call of God. If we know what we were called to do when we were called, then we should be able to do it now when the call comes, or even in the future. And if we don’t rise up, then we may find ourselves not meeting the call of God in our lifetime.
Childlessness Destroys Our Lives
The negative result of not rising up at the right time can be childlessness. This is the tragic example of parents who through want and lack of education, could not teach their children how to rise up when they heard God’s call. This is the result of not knowing what God’s call is in the first place.
This is the reason why some Christians are barren or have no children for long periods of time. They may be Christian, religious or married, but they have never known what God’s call is for their lives. The call to know and to do God’s will is always at the heart of their lives.
Many of us now find ourselves in situations where we are having difficulty fulfilling our duties as Christians or as parents. We may find time to read the Bible, but the flesh is still saying, “this is impossible.” For too long, the call of God has been ignored, or else it is ignored by the person themselves. They haven’t risen to the call either, or else they do not know that God Himself has called them to do these things. Human rejection is a tragedy, and is the opposite of what God wants.
The call of God is a call to conform to the image of Christ. There is a reason why the Bible speaks in these terms, let us study it together. Let us discover the two purposes of this call which affects every part of our lives.
By the word of God, we are drawn into the fellowship of the church and are connected to it by the word of our faith. A man is only as strong as the words that he utters in the fellowship of his companions.