Jesus said we will do greater things than he did. Not only does he freely give out of his own fullness, he actually seeks out those who are totally committed to him. He searches for those into whom he may impart greatness. At the end of my life, I will have succeeded if what I leave behind raises up countless others who are greater than I ever am. I want to impart greatness into others.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16 ESV)
God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him… (2 Chronicles 16:9 The Message)
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him… (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV)
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12 NKJV)
The word, “works,” in John 14:12 is italicized because it is inferred, but not literally in the original text. In part, Jesus is saying, “I give you the opportunity to do greater, because I am stepping into another level of greatness.” He imparts his own greatness to us and gives us the authority to use even his own name. There is no insecurity in Him. He never fought or maneuvered to gain or maintain position. And from every level of greatness that He has been given, He imparts more into us (Ephesians 2:4-7).
I’ve spent too much time under and around others who were insecure when they sensed other rising into or beyond their own level of revelation, power, ability, or influence. They’ve worked to hinder or undermine them in order to maintain their own position, whether it is actually being threatened or not. Unfortunately, this is too often true in real life, even behind the scenes in ministry. Too many leaders release enough to help others grow into a place that benefits them personally, but build restrictions from approaching the greatness that they themselves carry.
Observing and experiencing it myself has strengthened my resolve to be a resource that I wish I had access to and to impart the level of greatness that I carry into others who are truly committed to pursue all that God has for them. I want to empower others to become who God says the are whether it benefits me personally or not.
God spoke to my wife in a dream years ago. We were going up in an elevator, and floor by floor, people we knew were exiting. We stayed on, even when it seemed like maybe we should exit because those we loved and respected were exiting. Finally, at the top floor, our senior leaders stepped away. They paused and looked at us, but we stayed on. We never left, we were committed to go all the way through. The door closed, we were alone, and the elevator lifted us up through the ceiling of the building.
Ronald Reagan was a Democrat who eventually became the President of the United States as a Republican. He often said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me.” Leaders coming up with us over the years eventually left us. I know some felt that we left them, that we walked away, or that we quit. But in reality, we never walked away. Our core loyalty to God and the vision He gave us has never wavered through the shifting vision of leadership and seasons of personal growth. Because of that, there has been a very real separation. We didn’t choose it—it was chosen whether we liked it or not.
As we rode the elevator higher and higher in the dream, we were not sure where we were going and we couldn’t tell if anything was changing or progressing floor after floor. But we couldn’t pursue what we could see through opening doors at every level in place of what we saw through open hearts toward God. There was something within us calling us higher and we had to stay true to the vision from God above every other voice. We had to ride it out all the way. We’ve broken through the ceiling now. God lifted us out and carried us on into a wide open place.
I’m fully committed. I am more determined than ever to remain loyal to God and ride it out with Him regardless of personal cost. I will never again sacrifice my God-given calling to simply fill a need or role. I will not be restricted by any man’s ceiling. The whole world may walk out, but I will not walk away from the One who elevates me. And I will only serve the vision of another to the degree that they remain true to the vision that God actually gave them and to the degree that they submit to the greater vision of God and His Kingdom.
And now, I’m looking for others who refuse to exit—the ones desperate for all that God has to impart to them. Those who don’t just say they want more, but they pull for it, press in for it… unrelenting, unwavering, uncompromising. Those who refuse to be controlled by ego and insecurity. The ones who know they do not have it all figured out and will never stop learning, never stop pursuing, and never turn back. I’m looking for special forces who will go beyond what they alone are able in order to do the impossible together, to change what seems inevitable, and to empower others to fight for themselves and win. The ones who will finish the mission God gave them or die trying. I’m looking for those who will dare to go all the way through.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.