In the book of John chapter 6, we see Jesus feeding 5000 men with just five loaves of bread and two fishes. It turned out at the end that they had twelve baskets full of the remnants. The next day, in verse 22, it so happened that people came again to look for Jesus but seeing that He had crossed over to the other side followed Him in their own boats and “when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled” (vs 25- 26).
These people were moved by kingdom benefits. Their desire for Jesus was carnal and they were only ready to follow Jesus as long as there would be food and other miracles. They had no desire to serve God or to live to the glory of God. God was to them a tool for self-gratification. God to them was just a means to an end. They came pretending to seek Jesus but Jesus had to set things straight. He had to let them know that the content of their hearts were very open to Him. He went ahead to tell them in verse 27 to “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”
What surprised but pleased me was their response in verse 28. They said to Him, “…, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” It is surprising because their repentance seemed too quick (and if you read to the end of the chapter, you will see the emptiness of their hearts) but it is pleasing because their desire was the right one.
Jesus did not hesitate to tell them in verse 29, “…This is the work of God that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
Why are you in church? What motivates your Christianity? Is it the miracles? Is it your social needs? Is it for welfare? Is it to stick to the ‘religion of my parents’ or is it as a discovery of the truth that God is your maker and father who loves you so much that He became man in the person of Jesus to save you from sin and its effects so He can bless you and make you a blessing to your world? You need to believe that Jesus, and only He is the savior and Lord according to Acts 4: 12, else, your Christianity is not valid.
You see, the word ‘believe’ simply means to BE and to LIVE. If you BE a Christian, you must LIVE as a Christ. To live is not just to breathe in and out, it is to grow and reproduce after your kind and since you are a kind of Jesus, you ought to bring forth Christ-kind fruits. To live is to work and to live as a Christian is to WORK the WORKS of GOD, that is, to do the God-kind of works.
From the answer of Jesus, the work of God is to
- Believe in Jesus whom God has sent. You must believe in Him as Lord and savior and live as a man who is saved and is loyal to his savior. It is our loyalty to and to the cause of Jesus that proves His Lordship over and in our lives. You must know Him personally to talk to Him and with Him and to live and do as He instructs.
- Tell and bring others to Jesus. In John 1: 40- 46, we see how that Andrew and Philip on believing in Jesus, went ahead to prove their faith by bringing their brother and friend, Peter and Nathaniel, respectively to Jesus. To believe is not just a ‘heart’ thing. If you really believe from your heart, your mouth and body language will speak and tell of Him. The bible says in Matthew 12:34 “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”. If you cannot speak about Jesus to your family, friends and associates, including those who hate you, then your believing is unreal. The Apostle Paul said in 2Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;…” If you believe that there is a heaven where you, as a believer, will spend eternity in joy and peace and a hell where unbelievers will spend eternity in everlasting pain and regret, enduring the terror of the Lord, you must arise to persuade all that you come across to surrender to the Lord. In fact, you have to specially target some persons to intercede for and to speak to. You must willfully love people on God’s behalf. You must contribute your quota to saving men. Invite them to church. Visit them. Encourage them. Help them. Do all to the glory of God.
- Believe in your Pastor. God sent Jesus to all men but He sent your pastor to you. 2Chronicles 20: 20 says, “Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” It is righteous to believe in your man of God. His ministry is to feed you with knowledge and understanding (Jer 3: 15). His duty is to build you up, to help become and receive all that God has ordained for you be and possess. To believe in him is your key to total prosperity as shown in 3rd John: 2, “mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Is there any benefit in doing the work of God faithfully? Yes! Matthew 25: 21 says, “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
This year, I see you enjoying Showers of Blessing as you commit to DOING the work of God in Jesus name.