What Are You Asking For?

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John 14:12-14 (NIV)

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

I have been thinking about the passage above for a while.  We usually think about this passage in context with all the miracles that Jesus did and thereby we should be doing them also.  If we boil Jesus’s life and impact down to just the miracles he did we miss a part of who he is.  Step back look at his life.  The greatest “works” that he did was how he interacted and treated people.  God in flesh talked with them loved them and lived with them in the messiness of their lives with some miracles sprinkled in.  Could some of his works have been in the casual conversation he has with a women at the well, or spending time with kids that His disciples wanted to send away or in meaningful conversations with disciples around a fire or teaching people around a meal.  I guess what I have been wondering is that by this verse, I haven’t been doing much based upon the number of miracles that God has been doing through my asking.  But could you see evidence of my asking and trusting in Christ living in me based upon the way I interacted with people.  I hope so, but I have been wondering if I should be asking more.

Mark Carpenter
TJM Leadership Team

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