CAN: to be possible
WILL: divine determination
Lately, I’ve found my faith being stirred. Whether it’s because of what I experienced on the mission field or conversations with old friends, God is stirring something me and, I believe in the Church as a whole. We, as in the majority of the Western Church, have grown complacent and lazy. Not everyone, but enough that the world has largely forgotten about us. We’ve lost our power. We’ve lost our influence. We’ve lost our drive. We’ve lost our determination.
We’ve lost the difference between can and will.
Before Jesus finished his earthly ministry, he left the disciples with a lot of helpful information. They obviously made great use of it because the Church is still around today. Let’s look at a couple of these tidbits:
I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me.
John 6:57 (NLT)
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
John 14:12 (NLT)
Let’s set the record straight here. Jesus didn’t say that we can live by the power of the living Father, he said that we will.
Jesus didn’t tell us that we can do the same works [he has] done, he said that we will.
The more I read what Jesus says I will do, the less can becomes an option. Can implies maybe it will happen or maybe it won’t. Will indicates that there is no doubt about it, this is going to happen. Period.
Jesus commanded sickness and death to go. There was no wishy washy little prayer begging God to do something. There was no doubt about Jesus’ own ability or the ability of the Father who sent him. There was no maybe. Jesus never asked the question, “Can I do this?”
It’s time that we stop thinking we can do something and start knowing that we will do something. Even greater works.
Daily Bible reading: 2 Kings 20-22, John 6:45-71