"Then they asked him, 'What must we do to do the work God requires?' Jesus answered, 'The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.'" John 6:28-29
Many people think that the works of God are all about preaching the Word, teaching the Word, or working in the church or in the community. We think that the work of God is feeding the homeless in the shelters or volunteering for great community projects. Those are all great works that can and should be done. However, the work that God requires is the work of belief in Jesus. A crowd of people found Jesus and gathered around Him. They saw Jesus perform incredible works with His hands, and they asked him, "What must we do to do the work God requires?" Jesus didn't tell them that they needed to go serve in the temple or lay hands on the sick or volunteer in the local community shelter. Jesus answered them by saying, "The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent." Jesus gave the people a profound answer! I believe that His answer is what we need to hear and to embrace today. No matter how often we serve in the church or in the community, no matter how many people we help in difficult circumstances, and no matter how much we give of our time and material resources, it is nothing if we do not fully believe in Jesus Christ. The work of God is to believe in Jesus Christ with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. If we truly believe in Jesus Christ, then everything else we do will be an overflow of that belief. There is a difference in someone teaching Sunday School out of obligation to God and someone teaching Sunday School out of love for God in Christ. There is a difference in someone volunteering in the community shelter out of obligation and someone volunteering in the community shelter out of love. Our true work that God desires is to fully believe in Jesus Christ each and every day that we live. Our belief, or lack of belief, will be shown in everything else we do. Today, we need to reevaluate what we are doing in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, our churches, and our communities. We need to be sure that we are doing the work that God requires. What work is that??? We need to fully believe in the One God sent to save us from our sin. We need to fully believe in the One God sent to give us full and eternal life. Then and only then will the preaching and the teaching and the working be genuine.