Fundamental Joy

John 14:1 says “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” And verse 12 says “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.”

I dont completely understand how we can do greater works than Christ, except that maybe there was but one Jesus who returned to the Father leaving many brothers and sisters who would go proclaim the gospel and do great works “which God prepared beforehand” (Ephesians 2:10).

Sometimes I feel like life is just one little situation, one little problem, one little frustration after another. And I get discouraged and ask, “Whats the point?”

And then Christ comes along and says Let not your heart be troubled. I’ve prepared great works for you.

Life does not consist of little frustrations, little problems, but of great works prepared by our God.

Steve Saint, whose father was killed on the mission field said this: For the world, the pain is fundamental and the joy is superficial because it won’t last. But for us, the pain is superficial and the joy is fundamental.


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