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What is the work of God?

What is the work of God?

Religious Fraud
Religious Fraud

It is a fairly reasonable question. We come to Jesus. From our religious culture and upbringing we ask “What must we do to gain favor with God?”

We have been told our whole life, go to church, pray, fast, and be religious. The focus is on doing. It is more that just a religious culture. It is the way of life in America.

So, what does God require? What does Jesus want from me? Good question.

Jesus wants me to work at believing in Him. It is all about the relationship with him and not what I do. I must believe.

That leads to His new plan. His mission will fill us when we know He cares for us.

Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God
requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the
one he has sent.’
(John 6:26-29 NIV)

There is much to be said about faith. So … we start with God. God is the object of my faith. I start with belief in Him. My faith gets tested.

My faith needs to grow. Like the man who came to Jesus looking for a miracle, I say “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

I want radical faith in my life. May it rain down on you and me. May we bath in it to the stunning beauty of our Master Jesus. Now that is a good word!

Perhaps the strongest statement emphasizing faith comes during the risen Jesus’ encounter with the so-called “doubting Thomas,” where Jesus says, “Happy are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (John 20:29). While Jesus performed visible signs during His ministry for others to see and believe, such signs could be abused and misunderstood. In John, Jesus praises the kind of unseeing faith that believes Jesus is the crucified and risen Messiah and Master who alone saves.

God as the object of faith: My faith starts with belief in God.

  • Hebrews 11:6  — And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
  • Psalm 25:1–2  — To You, O Master, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me.
  • Psalm 26:1  — Vindicate me, O Master, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the Master without wavering.
  • Proverbs 29:25  — The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Master will be exalted.
  • 1 Peter 1:21  — who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • Romans 10:16-18 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of the Messiah. But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have.

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At the crack of dawn …

ResurrectionAfter Jesus was crucified, he was hastily buried as the clock was ticking moving toward the Jewish Sabbath. No work could be done.

So they had to wait. And wait. And wait.

It must have seemed like an eternity that long Saturday. On Sunday they were up and at it at the crack of dawn. When they got to the tomb, they couldn’t find Jesus body. And they were puzzled. I know I would have been as well. Probably more than puzzled.

But they moved on from being puzzled into belief. The angels explained it all to them.

They ask a stunning question. “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery?” Why indeed!

Are we looking for Jesus, the Living One? If so, we will find Him.

Jesus wasn’t there but raised up from the dead. And they remembered Jesus’ words.

Belief. Faith. Joy.

At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

via Luke 24 The Message Bible

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Is it reasonable to ask Jesus what I must do to do the works of God in my life?

Believe in God

Believe in God

‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ A question from the disciples.

I look at the question the disciples of Jesus asked and it seems pretty reasonable to me.

But Jesus blew them (and me) away with the answer.

They were asking an “old plan” question. The “old plan” has a whole bunch of what must I do stuff. They were thinking we needed “to do” something.

What could they put on their to do list that they could easily check off?

Jesus gave them some “new plan” answers. This was in fact good news.

Here it is. BELIEVE in Jesus!! That is the new plan. Work equals believing. God’s goal is that we believe in Jesus.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.’

Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’ | John 6:27-29

A Believer’s Daily Proclaimation

As believers we are so incredibly blessed both to know and to be known by our amazing Lord and Savior. I would like to invite you to join me in proclaiming the following truths regarding what we believe and the fruits of our believing. As this Christmas season draws near, let’s celebrate together the wonder of the life we have in Him!