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Command 4 : Let Your Light Shine | Day 27

Do Even Greater Works!

We have an awesome promise that when the commands of Christ reside in us, we will be able to do greater works than Jesus did—not in quality, but in quantity (see John 14:12, 15:7-8). When Jesus opened up the synagogue scroll to Isaiah 61, He read a list of the works that He came to do.

Jesus healed the sick, but eventually they all died. His greater works involve healing of the soul and spirit of a person.

Notice how the anointing of Jesus deals primarily with the soul and spirit: “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek [the Gospel of Christ is the kingdom message of salvation (sozo) to the body, soul, and spirit]; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives [diseases of the soul, such as fear, anger, guilt, and lust], and the opening of the prison to them that are bound [by habits, addictions, and false philosophies], to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD [now is the accepted time for salvation]...” (Isaiah 61:1-2).

The greater our works are for God, the greater will be the brightness of our light and the glory that is given to God.

Teresa's story illustrates the bondage and captivity of the soul and the urgent need for the good news of Christ's commands. For two and a half years, she had been in so much pain that she would cry every day. She was able to get only one or two hours of sleep per day, and she was taking fifteen medications at each meal.

As I talked with her, we soon discovered that the root cause of her problem was a broken heart and deep resentment for the ones who were responsible for her father-in-law's death. Three specific commands of Christ were explained to Teresa and her husband. Right then, Teresa tearfully and hopefully applied these life-giving commands.

Within an hour the pain had subsided. That evening she no longer needed her pills, and that night, for the first time in two and a half years, she was without pain! Six months have passed since the Lord healed her, and her total health continues to be strong!

As we continue to meditate on all the commands of Christ and apply them to our lives, we also will have the joy and rewards of sharing them with others. Look for opportunities today to share Christ's commands with those in bondage and see how the Lord will work to set them free!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard