Greater Action

Read: John 14:12-17

MercyMe. “Greater” Lyrics. Welcome to the New.

Cause I hear a voice and he calls me redeemed
When others say I'll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

In September, Debbie and I attended a MercyMe concert in San Diego. It was a fantastic concert filled with incredible music and powerful lyrics that inspired and energized the crowd. Something unexpected that really blessed me were the times that Bart Millard, songwriter and lead singer for MercyMe, shared his personal faith journey and his story behind many of the songs.

His story is not so unlike mine, yours, or a vast majority of believers. We all face similar challenges and trials, have questions, and are faced with decisions that we respond to – with actions or inaction. And that is why lyrics from artists such as MercyMe resonate with so many Christians, because we can relate to them.

The reality of today is that, by and large, we live in a Christ-denying world. And that can be a strong negative influence in our daily lives. “Greater” reminds us that we have incredible assurances from God’s Word to overcome these attacks: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,” (1 John 4:4 ‑ ESV). When we respond to this truth, and live and act in accordance with it, we are ‘Greater in Action.’

Bring your doubts, Bring your fears
Bring your hurt, Bring your tears
There'll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed

Even when we know this truth, we can be moved to inaction by the world and our own flesh – fears, doubts, and other insecurities. When these thoughts and feelings start to creep in, we need to remember that there is no condemnation from the Lord: “You are God’s children. He sent Christ Jesus to save us and to make us wise, acceptable, and holy,” (1 Cor 1:30 ‑ CEV). When we meditate on this verse – that we are holy (set apart by Him and for Him), that we are righteousness (acceptable to God), and that we have been redeemed (ransomed by Christ from the penalty for sin) - how can we help but not be ‘Greater in Action?’

There'll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn't matter
Cause the cross already won the war

You need to know that there will be days when you’ll feel like you have been defeated. Our natural (flesh) inclination, reinforced by our enemy, is to give up because of our failure. That is a lie that we need to reject. Bart Millard shared this about “Greater”:

When you realize that you don't need to try so hard, you start to see a little more clearly that you can never do enough. There is nothing in our life that we can do to make Christ love us any more than he does. The work was finished on the Cross.

We simply need to be obedient to His leading in our lives – in spite of any discouragement we may face.

Obedience means marching right on whether we feel like it or not. Many times we go against our feelings. Faith is one thing, feeling is another.

D.L. Moody.

Obedience is how we demonstrate our love for Him (John 14:15), and it will result in our lives being ‘Greater in Action.’

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how he sees me
And it makes me love him more and more
He's Greater, He's Greater
He who is living the world

Pray that God would reveal where He is calling you to be ‘Greater in Action.’ If we are being completely honest, this has likely already been revealed to you. Are you called to serve greater? Are you moved to love greater? Are you led to give greater?

Whatever His call on your life, pray for His strength to empower you to take action – boldly and freely! He has promised each of us that whatever we ask in His name, He will do (John 14: 13-14)!

His desire is for you to be ‘Greater in Action’ for His glory!

Be sure to watch the Official Lyric Video for “Greater” by MercyMe: 

-Pastor Jeff Meyers