Summary: Jesus told Phillip that we would do greater works than Jesus did. If that’s really the case…where are the works; how come we’re not seeing miracles?
Answers to questions range from boring to embarrassing, depending on whom you ask. If you ask kids questions, you never get boring!
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8
And the all-time favorite:
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck. -- Ricky, age 10
There is a question that nags us about our text. Jesus told Phillip that we would do greater works than Jesus did; that spawns a whole series of questions about exactly what Jesus meant by that. The chief question that we really want to avoid even asking whenever this comes up is:
If that’s really the case…where are the works; how come we’re not seeing miracles?
The reason we want to avoid that question is because we’re Methodists, reasonable people; we’re refined, informed and reformed. We don’t get too radical in our Christianity; just give me a little church on Sunday and I’ll be alright. Don’t stir up too much here.
The problem with answering the question is that it unravels a dirty little secret in the Christian family that we’d just as soon not talk about…
In the miracles department, we’re a little stunted! We are the runts of the miracle-litter!
Well, painful as it might be to roll around in that mud puddle, allow me to deal with the question today. Let me give you the short answer first; then we can deal with how to do something about the problem.
The short answer about why we (that includes anybody in the Christian family) are stunted in the miracle department is that we have lost sight of what God requires in order to be spiritually-strong. We have misplaced our spiritual-growth hormone! We have settled for artificial spiritual steroids like money, influence and leisure. We prefer the American dream to Heaven’s standards!
In short…there is so much of the world in the church we could get into a mud-slinging contest, and not look any different when the day is done!
Well, preacher, that won’t help me sleep tonight. What are we going to do about this miserable truth? I’m glad you asked. The church is no different today than when Jesus established it two-thousand years ago. Heaven is still sweet, Hell is still hot, Sin is still wrong, no matter what the world says and does…and the promises of God are still true, without change or question.
If we are going to deal with the church’s dirtiest little secret in our own lives, we will have to do it by accepting what the Lord offers as a remedy. His remedy is peace!