Did you know that Jesus doesn’t place importance specifically on the “large size” charismatic ministries whether it’s in the church, outside of the church or on social media outlets? Neither does He place value on large (church) ministries, people fame, popularity or (church leader, prophet, apostle…) celebrity recognition b/k/a personal notoriety or drawing attention to self.
Usually, the larger the ministry, the larger the “person” notoriety. This kind of perception is worldly, full of obscurity, religious, and sensual (James 3:15). Furthermore, it doesn’t denote doing “greater” works.
Seemingly, if larger ministries were the “it” in Christianity or charismatic churches, then in all of the Gospels, Jesus wouldn’t have considered the smaller ministries or Kingdom work of greater importance.
For example, Jesus mentioned that the widow, in her ministry, gave more than those (rulers) who made a show of their great charitable giving (Luke 21:1-4). Note that our Lord’s priority was in serving and giving while executing Kingdom work. Besides, He was fulfilling the Isaiah 61:1 also Luke 4:18 prophecy. This is what Jesus recognized in the widow woman’s ministry. Not to mention, when He fed the 5,000 people, it was His pleasure to serve and do Kingdom work. This pleased His Father (Matthew 14:13-21). In all, the number 5,000 had nothing to do with the value or importance of the largeness in “size” of ministry.
O Lord may we but see from a Kingdom perspective, from the eyes of God. Change Gracious Father our mindset… our way of thinking.
In another example, Jesus proves, to those with a religious mindset or worldly perceived, that He neither hangs out with nor is edified by being a part of the popular, famed or celebrity types (Mark 5:37, 40).
Conversely, He ministers with simplicity and is compassionate in something that we may see everyday in our homes, schools, places of business, on the streets, in our neighborhood or in the hospital, etc., but overlook because we (subconsciously) think it’s “small” (Mark 5:41, 42). Please read Mark 5:35-43.
So what if the believer uses the scripture, St. John 14:12 to defend large ministries or doing “greater” works? First, we have to understand Jesus asserted that it’s the Holy Spirit, not a [wo]man or his personality, fame or such like who is the key mechanism to the believer doing “greater” [Kingdom] works.
Second, the believer’s work will never be greater than, as it relates to the power of, the authority, preciseness or the overall Divine magnanimity of God! For He is Elohim, Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscience! Glory to God! Third, but not last, He, Jesus was pointing out in this scripture that it is in the collective course of supernatural events that His followers would display God’s Kingdom power here on earth… that is, in doing “greater” works.
I believe that what Father God looks at is our heart for Kingdom works. This includes selflessly serving others which is a picture of generously giving, evangelizing, discipleship or spreading the Good News or Gospel… outside of the structural buildings made with human hands.
Now is the time that we begin to recognize that as born again believers, followers of Christ, we each have a ministry, and we are on this earth to fulfill it. “It” doesn’t have to do with “size” or whether or not you’re a person of notoriety. Rather, “it” has all to do with spiritual maturity, that is, growing in the things of God.
Remember, His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. And everyone of us in the Body of Christ, that is His hands, and His feet, are needed in order that God’s Kingdom work go forth. You are individually, as well as collectively important, valued, and necessary. God bless you with greater compassion, humility and simplicity. May His face forever shine upon you in Jesus name.