John 14:11-12 (NRSV)
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
Sometimes when my father became frustrated with one of his children (there were 3 of us) he would exclaim, "You didn't come with instructions." I'm sure we can identify with my father's statement especially when we think of the number of unexpected circumstances and things that happen where we have no idea how to respond or what to do. Sometimes all we can do is muddle through.
Jesus said that we would do greater works than He did. Really? How are we supposed to do that? Mother Teresa once said,
I never look at the masses as my responsibility, I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. So you begin with one. If I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up 42,000. My whole work is only a drop in the ocean. But if I didn't put the drop in, the ocean would be one drop less.
Individually, we are not going find a solution to the health care crisis in America. We can't feed the world, or stop all wars. We can do our small part. We can offer a prayer, a card, and a caring embrace for those who are facing a debilitating or terminal disease. We can bring food and support to the home. We can support the Clemmons Food Pantry (Started out of Clemmons UMC) that feeds over 700 households a month. We can be the person looking for the middle way between extremes and in doing so bring calm and peace where there is rancor and division.
We can't solve the drug problem that threatens our young people but we can support PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) a new support group at our church. You can pick up a homeless care kit in the narthex of the church and give it away the next time you see someone at a stop sign or stoplight intersection asking for help. There are so many opportunities to make a difference, one person at a time.
If you read the Gospels, you see that Jesus mirrored the "One drop in the ocean"approach. He changed the world one person at a time. Jesus said that we should think of each person we meet as Jesus. Our instructions are simple, be Jesus and treat others as if they were Jesus. You might have to muddle through but it will be ok. Think about it.