Believe: What Must We Do?
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 6:28-29
As a parent of young children who believe in Santa pulling off a magical Christmas morning requires a lot of work. You have to secretly shop, figure out where to hide gifts, use different gift wrapping, stay up late, remember the stocking stuffers, eat cookies, drink milk, sprinkle the reindeer food, have the cameras ready, wake up surprised and ready to make up a great story of how Santa got into your house with no chimney. It’s a lot of work but you don’t mind doing it because you love your children and you love seeing excitement and joy on their face as they open gifts. At the end of it all, you decide all the hard work is worth it and you will do it again next year.
But if you work that hard at Christmas to prove Santa is real, how much more should you do the work God requires? Which is only to believe in Jesus. That is it, nothing more! You may mistakenly believe that God requires you to give up everything you love and enjoy to do His work. You may mistakenly believe that you have to be poor and live at church to do His work. You may mistakenly believe that you have to work hard like you do at Christmas but none of this is true. God’s work is as easy as believing in Jesus, who God sent into the world not to condemn but to save. This Christmas, believe in Jesus and allow Him to save you from the hard and unnecessary holiday work.
John 14:6, John 3:17