Believe on account of the works themselves.

Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

When most think about the works of Jesus they go directly to the amazing miracles and healings done at his hands. It is hard to consider these things and not remember how Lazarus was rescued from death and walked out of the tomb at Jesus' command. Yet, in light of the Lord's reference to believers doing greater works, I have to wonder if these are the works that Jesus speaks of or if the works are of a different nature.

Many affirm that such miracles are prevalent today through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and evidence the "greater works" that Jesus spoke of. I am certainly not disparaging such things but wonder if these works are the ones that cause cynics to believe. Could it be that the motive behind these works is somethings greater than the works? Is it possible that the amazing love of God, expressed through believers, is what causes skeptics to believe?

Help compassion to flow in my life Lord. Cause love to express itself in amazing works.

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