“This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the One He has sent.” (Jn. 6:29)
No matter who we are, our lives are based upon belief.
Whether we believe in our selves, or in someone else, or in a cause, or in the government, or in karma, or in having fun, or in nature, or in God…
We all believe.
This is important because the basis of our belief forms and shapes the course of our lives. What we believe shapes how we think. And how we think determines what we do (and reveals our character). And what we do ends up becoming our history.
There is just no way around it… what we believe defines our lives.
It seems rather obvious, then, that what we believe is one of the most important things in life. Or to put it another way, our lives will only be as “good” as the source of what we believe. Our lives become the sum of how much (or how often) we can rely on the source of what we believe.
When it gets right down to it, the only truly reliable source of belief… is Jesus.
All other sources are limited, unreliable, unsustainable, inconsistent, flawed, unpredictable or deceptive. Only Jesus offers us “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Only Jesus “is the same today, yesterday, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Only Jesus is perfect (Hebrews 2:10; 7:26, 28) Only Jesus promises, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Only Jesus is “the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him…” (Hebrews 5:9)
What Jesus offers us is a source that will not fade, or be disloyal, or turn away in troubled times, or condemn us when we go wrong. A source that loves us, works on our behalf, seeks for our benefit, and shows Himself faithful to us (even when we just might be faithless [2Tim. 2:13!]). And He does these things… eternally!
Who else will do that for us? What else can we rely upon for such benefits?
But here is the best part… The context of Jesus’ response (in our verse for the day) is a question, posed to Jesus by the masses that followed Him around: “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (John 6:28) In other words… “Jesus, can you give us a list of things to do so that we can be pleasing to God?”
Human nature always wants something to do to earn God’s favor. Human beings want to be able to point to their own good works to try and please God.
Jesus’ response? One thing… “Believe in the One He has sent.”
Everything we are wanting to be, needing to be, desiring to be (as Christians) is found in the simplicity of making Jesus the Source of how we think, what we do, and the manner in which we live – all the days of our lives.
True belief is not factual – it is relational.
True belief is not found in performance – it is found in a Person.
When our belief is centered and founded upon Jesus – our lives will be defined by God’s will for us.
That is His plan for each of us.
Prayer Focus: God, I seek to center my thoughts upon Jesus as the Source of everything I need, and everything I am… or will be. I choose to believe in Jesus, today.