Greater than...

Recognize that little math symbol? I loved drawing the alligator teeth to remind me which direction was which. Anyone else? When this posts, Jared will be on a plane to the deep South. He's speaking at a high school summer camp this week, where the theme is "Greater Than." The local churches who selected the theme hoped their students would see that God is greater than their sin, greater than their brokenness, greater than the world they see. In sermon preparations, we reflected on verses that contain those words.

Psalm 135:5

I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.

John 10:29

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

John 14:11-12

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 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. 

Matthew 18:1-3

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 John 4:3-5

...but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

 

In this equation, God is always greater than. God's reign is greater. God's love is greater. God's works are greater. God's Kingdom is greater. God's Spirit is greater. These are only a handful examples of God's greatness in Scripture. In your life, what is God greater than?