We can’t perceive the extent of God’s power. We might try, but all of our imaginings fall far short. As a result, our vision of what He can accomplish, even through us, is greatly less than what it could be.
Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” – John 1:50-51, ESV
Jesus amazed Nathanael with knowing what Nathanel was doing when no one could have. This caused Nathanael to exclaim that Jesus was the Son of God. After all, Jesus demonstrated part of His omniscience in such an act. Jesus response, in modern language, was, “Wait, there’s more!”
Jesus then contrasts what Nathanael was amazed with versus something which was to come, a vision beyond belief. If Nathanael thought Jesus’ power thus far was amazing, He would be completely floored by what the future held. In other words, Nathanael had no idea of the power of Jesus.
This is true of most of us in the Church today. We look at budgets and numbers of people and a whole host of limitations and we give a myriad of reasons of why we can’t do something. We do this both within our corporate bodies of worship (the churches we attend) as well as in our personal lives. The problem with out short-sightedness is we forget that if God is calling us to do something, He will provide the power and means to see it done. He doesn’t set us up to fail. However, we have to be in it to glorify Him and we have to turn to Him and rely on Him. If we continue to try to do things under our own power, we will fail.
Maybe this is how we got to such a pathetic vision of what God can do. Somewhere along the way we went after something we believed God was charging us to do. However, we tried to rely solely on our power and, of course, we failed. Determined not to make the same mistake again, we now restrict our planning and our vision to what we believe we can accomplish. We leave God out.
We need to have bigger dreams and visions of what God can do through His kingdom. We need His power and His presence. We need to believe that He can and will accomplish the promises He has laid out in Scripture. Until we do, we will never see revival. When we try to depend on ourselves, our social and government structures, and anything but God, we will continue to struggle. We will continue to be disappointed. We must believe in God’s power. We must seek for it to be used for His glory. Otherwise, we will settle for less than what God wants to do with us.