Just before He left this earth, Jesus had a conversation with His disciples as outlined in John chapter 14. In this passage, Jesus is comforting them. He is leaving the earth to go be with His Father in Heaven. As part of his conversation, Jesus assures them He will be back. As part of this dialogue, He also casts a vision to them. By Jesus departing the earth, they will accomplish even greater things than He. I believe this vision also applies to us! The question for us is what are those greater things, and how will we accomplish them?
We Have Help
In this same conversation, Jesus tells His disciples that to accomplish these greater things, He was leaving them a helper, teacher, guide, and advocate. This helper is the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave the disciples a vision of what they were to do. They had been with Jesus for about three years, walking side by side with Him. In this journey, they watched Him live a holy life aligned with God the Father. They were with Him as he taught, and influenced people daily, everywhere they went for the kingdom. Now Jesus was leaving and calling them to carry this same work forward. He was not positioning them to this high calling alone. His Father in Heaven would send the Holy Spirit to supernaturally provide what they needed to carry out this mission.
Like the disciples, as leaders we are also set apart, commissioned by God to do greater things for him, even greater than He has done (John 14:12). This can be be realized in its full measure with the power of the Helper, the advocate, the intercessor in our lives.
We get some insight into the greater things we have the opportunity to accomplish in John 14, verse 13. Jesus tells His disciples that He will do what they ask if it will Glorify the Father in the Son. In other words, seek things that align with the Father’s will and purposes, and ask them in Jesus’ name. This brings glory to the Father.
If we have asked Jesus to forgive us for going our own way, surrender to Him and be the boss of our life, we have the Holy Spirit in us. This gives us direct access to the supernatural, guidance, and intercession from our Father in Heaven. This allows us to accomplish our Father’s purposes within our businesses.
I would like to give you a high-level idea of the greater things we can accomplish in our business that would bring glory to the Father. You can reflect on and fill in the blanks as it relates specifically to you and the business or team you lead. It is no surprise that this likely mirrors the vision Jesus gave his disciples before ascending into Heaven.
This vision was to align their lives to God the Father, teach, influence people daily everywhere they went, and extend the kingdom of heaven. Within this vision, consider all aspects of your business or team. What are the daily impacts resulting in the Marketplace. As you reflect on them, critically evaluate whether they bring glory to the Father. As a few examples, does the way in which things get done in your company or team, your culture, reflect Christ? Overall, do your employees feel the love, grace, and compassion of Christ from all levels of leadership? Are your vendors and customers treated respectfully and fairly? When we accomplish these types of things, we can align and bring Glory to Father.
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