In John 14.12 Jesus tells His closest followers that they will impact the world in a spectacular way. The statement comes off the back of an interaction wherein Jesus said He was going away (John 13.33), that the disciples were to love one another (v.34), that Peter was going to deny Him (vv.36-38), that Jesus Himself was the path the disciples needed to follow (John 14.1-6), and that by now they ought to have realised that He was the manifestation of God the Father walking on earth (vv.8-11, cf. Hebrews 1.3a). To calm their restless spirits even more, Jesus then says this:
“I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
The disciples wouldn’t do more spectacular and amazing miracles than the Lord, but they did manage to reach a tremendous amount more people with the Good News (Acts 2.41, for example). Jesus came to seek and save the lost, didn’t He? He said as much in Mark 1.38, Luke 5.31-32, Mark 10.45, and Luke 19.10. Reaching others with the Good News is the greater deed of John 14.12, not turning water into wine or opening the eyes of the blind.
What do we do with this then? Well, rather than constantly trying to find and do and see the spectacular and supernatural, let us focus on those the Lord has put in our paths today. Rather than try to manufacture a miracle, let us pursue the people in our lives with the Good News. Because, really, what could possibly be a greater deed than sharing the life-changing, life-saving, and life-giving news of Jesus with someone?