In Jesus’ day, the call to be a disciple was a call to be just like the rabbi you were following. Back then, you might literally see a rabbi walking ahead with a few young men following behind him trying to cover the exact same footprints. If the rabbi was left-handed, his disciples would learn to write left-handed too, because they wanted to be just like him. They would tell all of the same jokes and even dress like him and try to copy his appearance. While we may perceive this as strange in our individualistic culture, this is exactly what these young men were supposed to do; they were to become disciplined in the way they acted, looked, preached and thought, just like the rabbi. The more they could be like him, the better. You see, to be a disciple is a calling to do certain things more than it is to not do things. When Jesus calls the disciples, they have an innate understanding that what He does, they should do too.
Friend, the same is true for you today. Not only can you do what Christ did, you should do what He did. This is why Jesus says to His disciples, “anyone who believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and will do even greater things.” What does He mean by that? He means that He needs you to carry on His ministry because He has gone to His Father. Now that He has left the earth, you are empowered to do the same kinds of things He did in order to give heart to a fallen, hopeless world. In Jesus, you not only have the power to do the impossible, you have His blessing to carry on His ministry, and that’s amazing news!