When we read this verse it is easy to make one of two errors. First, we can read it like some Tony Robbins motivational mantra and convince ourselves that we are going to accomplish great things. That’s not really Jesus’ point. Secondly, we can read the verse and think, “Jesus was naive about what His followers might accomplish.” That would be missing Jesus’ point as well. To really understand Jesus’ statement it is vitally important that we highlight one phrase in the verse, “faith in me.”
We use the word “faith” like some folks carry around a rabbit’s foot. We “hope” something will happen. We have no real commitment to “it,” we just hope that what we are hoping for comes to fruition. “Faith” is not hoping the best will come about. “Faith” is not a Sunday morning jaunt out to the sanctuary to ask God to do what we want Him to do for us. The kind of faith that the Bible speaks about is something altogether different. “Faith” is the surrender of our will and the passionate pursuit of God’s will for our lives. “Faith” is laying our hands to the plow and pressing on in pursuit of God’s call upon our lives–regardless of the price to be paid in that pursuit. “Faith” is believing God to the degree that we are willing to work with all of our hearts to do what He says.
What happens when a group of Jesus’ followers live out this kind of faith? What can happen is beyond our wildest imagination. I’ve watched, for the past twenty years, as countless lives of men, women, boys, and girls have been transformed from pew sitters to Kingdom builders. I’ve seen Sunday morning Christians become 24/7 followers of Jesus. I’ve seen bleary, weary-eyed Christians become wide-eyed proclaimers of the hope, grace, and mercy of God to the broken, lonely, and lost. I’ve seen it, I’ve witnessed it, and it is my desire to live it. It is not enough for me simply to believe. I want to live what I believe. I want to live out the faith that He calls me to embrace. I want to do God’s will each and every moment of every day of the rest of my life.