Updated: Mar 20, 2019
“The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things”
“It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It has been written into our spiritual DNA to hunger for the impossibilities around us to bow at the name of Jesus”
Did you ever dream of being Superman or a Marvel hero? I can’t actually remember but I know that in recent days I have started to dream much more.
What if….what if we really can come alive in God’s presence and trust in him so much that we bring life to every environment that we enter? I feel drawn to pursue this quest with abandon for more of Jesus. What is great about SSL is doing this journey with a group of team and students who are sold out for the same goal. It’s just incredible! So what are the keys?
Be very, very hungry
Jesus invited those who were thirsty to come to him and drink so that life would flow from them. The psalmist said that even his body cried out for the living God. Isn’t it significant that on two occasions the miracle that Jesus did was to feed thousands who were hungry? The message is clear. We must steward an intense hunger and thirst for God’s presence. The more we are hungry and thirst the more we will see him.
Who are you?
Much of my life has been a battle for who I really am. When Jesus asked the question in Mark 8, "Who do you say that I am?" I believe he was not fishing for a complement but raising a crucial question about identity.
I think identity is the key to everything. When a heavenly Father speaks to you your identity, calls you into life, into his world of what is possible, into the power of his heartbeat for others, then everything changes. When you know who you are, you are powerful and awesome, both within yourself and also to people around you, regardless of how we are treated or whatever circumstances we meet.
Those who know the Father are defined as "people who know who they are in heaven and relate to each other that way on earth."
We should not be seeking the power for power’s sake, but we should be seeking the heart of God first, and then allow the power of God to flow as demonstrations of God’s love and compassion for the world. God’s love is not an add-on to power, but where the power comes from. The superhero said, “With great power comes great responsibility”, but I think that with great power comes a great commission, to love others into life. I come alive seeing students love our city, hugging strangers just to bring joy, shifting the atmosphere, praying for the needs of others, healing with compassion on the streets.
Amazingly Jesus himself said that he could do nothing by himself but only what he saw his Father doing. Our restored commission is to co-love, co-labour and co-create with God. The partnership is humbling but so exciting. Bringing life to workplaces, homes and the public space. Literally dreams becoming alive.
Will you write your own story in a similar way? Let’s dare to try.