Believers in Christ have been called to emulate Christ, not just believe in, admire or worship him.
He issued a challenge we are yet to come close to meeting: “He who believes in me will do the works I do and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to my Father.”
Those things we classify as miracles thereby pushing them out of our minds as impossible.
Another translation of the original Greek word, is business. It suggests activity we are to carry out day in day out, not miracles we are to experience. Why not, if we are meant to follow him?
As an entrepreneur, that catches my interest. Business makes use of various resources to create products and services.
Jesus’ first act of business was to turn water into wine at a wedding party, not at a religious event. He asked that pots be filled with water and that the master of ceremony be served. The water had become wine by the time it got on the table.
I can imagine what did not transpire.
I grew up going to the farm, so I have an idea of what needed to happen in our world, for wine to come into being, from the soil to the table.
I understand economics, so I know about the factors of production that needed to be put to use.
I am an entrepreneur so I know of the resources required to arrive at a great wine product.
All of these were by-passed, yet there was wine, that was much better than that which our world system produced. Yet He did not bother to proclaim what He had done.
For those who understand that “the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things we see were not made out of things which are visible,” this is not surprising.
What would it be like today to be a Jesus type of employee, a Jesus type of entrepreneur, a Jesus type of social change agent, a Jesus type of politician?
I am African and Nigerian where there is scarcity, including scarcity of food.
Am I truly following Christ? Are we really following Christ or are we just claiming to?