THE PURPOSE OF SIGNS AND WONDERS
John 4:48,53 (KJV)
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
Isaiah 8:18 (KJV)
Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
A sign as described in the dictionary means a token or an indication. It could also mean any object, action, event, pattern, etc., that conveys a meaning, a direction or an instruction. We are all very familiar with road signs. They play a very vital role in our daily lives. Some signs tell us to stop, go right or left. A sign at a Bus station for instance can tell you at what time to expect the bus. So every sign must be saying something or conveying a message. Furthermore the sign must be visible and seen in order to fulfil its purpose, even when it is hidden, it then has to be searched out. When a sign manifests in a manner that exceeds the human comprehension, it becomes an amazement to the viewers and therefore described as a wonder. Wonders are signs or occurrences that catch your attention, leaving you in amazement and awe.
If then you are made to be a sign and a wonder according to the above scripture in Isaiah 8:18, then it means that your life is an indicator that will give instructions and directions such that when people see, they will be stunned and amazed at the wonderful things that God is doing in and through you. The reason people are attracted to you is because of what you carry, You are a carrier of the message that will give direction, You are the light that will illuminate their path, you are the sign the people are waiting to see before deciding on their next line of action, you are the signal that will propel them to take action. Jesus said in John 4:48 that the people will only believe when they see signs and wonders. So there are many whose salvation of souls is tied to your manifestation as a sign and a wonder.
Signs and wonder is a toll that helps the unbeliever believe when they see the manifestation of the power of God. It will help them believe and be converted without much persuasion. In John 4:5, after the man experienced the signs and wonders manifested through the supernatural healing of his son, he immediately believed, including his household. Imagine a whole family getting born again in one day because of a singular action. That is the essence of sings and wonder, following you according to Mark 16:17. The same way light shines for the purpose of bringing people out of darkness, as a child of God, you are created for signs and wonders and when you manifest the power of God, you will cause many on account of you to be translated from the kingdom of darkness into Gods marvellous light. Isaiah 60:1
As a believer also, the bible says signs and wonders shall follow you. In other words as you have believed and focus on Jesus, he will work with you to validate your ministry with signs accompanying it. This will boost your faith as a Christian and cause many to believe that indeed you have been called. It will validate your call and bring many to the knowledge of the truth. Mark 16:20 Says ‘And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them , and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Whatever your call or assignment, signs and wonders are the tools God has given to you and by the time you begin to manifest this in your job, business or assignment, people will see and marvel at the greatness of the power of God that is causing you to excel beyond human understanding and they will have no choice but to switch over to your God.
It is said that when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. In order for us not to abuse the privilege that God has given us to manifest and produce signs and wonders, we must continually remind ourselves that the purpose is not for showmanship or to gather disciples for ourselves or to take authorship. Rather it is to bring unbelievers to believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and saviour. One would have thought that the reason why God manifested in Acts 16: 23-26 was to set Paul and Silas free from the prison, No! The reason for that miracle was to liberate the jailer and his family from their spiritual bondage. Although Paul and Silas were physically in jail, the jailer has always been in spiritual bondage and God had to organize this episode for the liberation of the jailer and his household. Friends the sign and wonder is just a means to an end, not the real deal. The real deal is what happens thereafter. Are people getting saved by what God is doing through you, are lives being changed and transformed by your light? This should be your focus and should not be misconstrued.
For further Study
Luke 11:29-33, Is 60:1
Personal declaration for the day
I will make God my source and signs and wonders a resource.
Questions for you to reflect on
Do the purpose of signs and wonders?
State the reasons?