Joh 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
This is a fairly common question, both in the Bible and in the world today? Here it is stated, ‘What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?’ and in Mark 10:17 and Luke 1025, 18:18 the rich young ruler asked “What must I do to inherit eternal life’? What am I supposed to do? What does God want from me? This is how it sounds in modern day language. Though it may be stated in many ways it remains the same question. It is based on our merit system mentality of earning the reward by some act or benefit forfeited.
In our Scripture today we find Jesus stating the answer as clearly as anywhere else in the Bible. It has been a favorite couple of verses to me for most of my Christian life. The answer is direct and to the point. The only requirement is to believe on Him whom He hath sent. It requires not deeds or sacrifice since that was paid by Jesus when He gave His own life for our sins. Payment was made in full. To attempt to pay for it yourself is an insult to God and ultimately says “God, your work was insufficient.” Who would intentionally say such a thing? Yet, when we attempt to pay for our own sin, that is exactly what we are saying.
This also begs the question, What then does it mean , to believe on Him whom He hath sent? In the original language of the Bible (Konia Greek) the word believe and the word faith are exactly the same root word and can be substituted one for the other. Scriptural believing then is the same thing as trusting, relying on, dependence upon, etc. The work that God requires of us is not doing mighty things but totally relying on Him to do for us what is impossible for us to do, righteous living. It is impossible for us because of our merit system mentality and we find it impossible to to think any other way until He reveals it to us. Believing in Him is the sum and the jist of our works that please Him. Notice in Romans 14:23b for whatsoever is not of faith is sin and again in Hebrews 11:6a But without faith it is impossible to please him: that all else beyond faith or believing is not only distasteful and an insult, but frustrates the grace of God.
I have gotten over trying to work for God and now I long for God to work on and for me. Just think about that for a minute. Who is in trouble here, God or me? God doesn’t need help, but I do. Anything God wants done, He can easily do. He isn’t focused on accomplishing deeds, but He is very focused in finishing me. I am not saying that I only work for myself but that my deeds are the outworking of what God has placed within me. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. These are just two powerful verses that expand on this truth that God is infinitely more concerned with what we are than what we do. He will do the works if we will do the work of believing.