When Jesus was on earth, He performed great signs and wonders. He turned water to wine, healed the sick, raised the dead on many occasions, opened the eyes of the blind, and performed numerous miracles. If you read the gospels in the Bible, i.e. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John it demonstrates clearly that Jesus was working mighty miracles on a regular basis.
He did not just stop there, He said that after His ascension, His disciples (which includes the true believers/Christians today), would not only perform the miracles he performed, but they would do greater works than He did.
John 14:12 (New International Version)
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
So the question is, are we working miracles like Jesus? Are we taking it a step further by doing greater works than Jesus? Miracle working is not just for pastors, ministers of the gospel, or evangelists; rather it is for every believer; essentially everyone who has surrendered to Jesus and made Him Lord of their life.
Over time I have come to learn through the scriptures that certain matters in the Kingdom have conditions attached. Take for instance, salvation has a condition attached; the condition from God’s end was that He had to make a blood sacrifice to redeem mankind. While the condition from our end is that we need to accept that sacrifice to be saved. See the following scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:21 (New King James Version)
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Romans 10: 9 – 10 (New King James Version)
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
John 5: 24 (New King James Version)
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Acts 16: 30 – 31 (New King James Version)
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
So What Does It Take To Work Miracles Like Jesus, and Even Do Greater Works?
Be Like Jesus
The vital stipulation to operating at Jesus’ level is to be like Him. Christians are supposed to be like Jesus. These are some ways to emulate Jesus, and these are some of the things Jesus did that we ought to be doing to operate at His level of anointing and do greater works:
1. Sanctification and Holiness
The Bible says that Jesus knew no sin, The Word in 2 Corinthians 5 verse 21 says:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJV)
Jesus was holy through and through. God cannot pour Himself into an unclean vessel; as a matter of fact the more a person purifies and sanctifies themselves, the more God will use them for great works.
We see the proof of that in 2 Timothy 2:20-21:
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (NKJV)
It is possible to be holy because the Holy Spirit in us helps us (John 18:8, 1 Peter 1:2).
The Bible also says this about holiness:
1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
It is totally possible to live a holy life free of sin otherwise God would not have told us to do so in the New Testament. God is holy and therefore wants us to be like Him by being holy, see 1 Peter 1 verse 16: For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (New Living Translation)
How to Become Holy
To be holy you need to surrender fully to God and the Holy Spirit.
Study the Word of God and practice it, and let the Word bear fruit in you. The Bible talks about “washing of water of the Word” in Ephesians 5:26. The Word of God washes, cleanses and sanctifies us as we study the Word and take heed to it.
To be holy you also need to be determined to be holy. Joseph determined not to sin when enticed by Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39: 6 – 10).
2. The Place of Prayer.
Jesus was prayerful. To operate in the measure of anointing and power of Jesus, you need to be prayerful like Jesus.
The Bible records that Jesus rose very early in the morning to pray in a solitary place, while it was still dark (Mark 1:35).
Jesus also prayed all night (Luke 6:12).
Jesus prayed during the day for hours (Matthew 14:23).
A life of prayer brings great anointing, power, and blessing.
3. Obey God Completely, And Live On Earth to Fulfill God's Mission
Jesus obeyed the Father fully and lived on Earth to fulfill His command/mission. Jesus was sent by God to come to the earth to sacrifice His life to save the world (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45).
Jesus stayed on mission and was a hard worker. He said in John 5 verse 17:
In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” (NIV).
Jesus also said in John 8 verse 29:
The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” (NIV)
When the prospect of going through the process of dying on the cross became too daunting for Jesus, He asked God to take it away if it were possible, but he still stayed true to his mission.
Matthew 26:39 New King James Version (NKJV)
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
He obeyed the Father to the end. The Bible says Jesus despised the shame and endured the cross.
Hebrews 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Can you imagine a holy man giving his life for scoundrels, hypocrites, and sinners, some who hated and mocked Him? Yet Jesus stayed on course and obeyed the Father fully. To get the measure of Jesus’ anointing and do greater works, we need to get to a point where we obey God fully, surrender to Him, despise the hardships, and stay at the centre of His will for our lives.
4. Jesus Had Compassion For People and Gave Freely
The compassion of Jesus played a role in the mighty works he performed. Jesus was our example; He had compassion for people and ministered to them whenever they showed up.
The first step to becoming like Jesus is to surrender your life to Him, and become a disciple of Jesus. If you have not done so already you can by praying the Salvation Prayer out loud, from your heart.
When you surrender your life to Jesus, you become a believer/born again Christian/disciple of Jesus. The next step is to go through a new believers programme which helps you understand how to grow in faith.
READ For New Believers
Walk with God, study the Word of God and obey it, and fellowship with God. You are well on your way.
About the Author
Edikan Uko is an entrepreneur, and management consultant focusing on strategic management and innovation. She is also a Bible teacher, speaker, Founder and President of Judah Intercessors, and editor of LoveFaithandMiracles.com