Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you may believe in Him whom He sent.” (John 6:28-29)
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to believe that doing a lot of things means we’re productive. We race from one meeting to another. We fill our calendars with activities, social events, celebrations, and appointments. We want to live a full and satisfying life. Our lives are meant to be enjoyed. The problem occurs, however, when we think that our busyness means we’re making progress.
In the above passage, many people were coming to follow Jesus. They wanted to know how they could know God. They thought that by working hard and doing something, they could earn the favor and blessings of God. However, Jesus corrects them and says that it’s not in doing, but believing that they would find satisfaction. The Israelites remembered how God provided for their ancestors when they were in the wilderness. He gave them manna from heaven. Now they wanted a special sign that Jesus was the real deal.
You Already Have It All
Jesus says that the manna in the wilderness wasn’t the true bread from heaven, although it met the needs of the people. He is the true bread from heaven. He is the miracle they were searching for. He is the True Bread because He completely satisfies their spiritual hunger.
They didn’t recognize Him because they didn’t believe Him.
Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). In other words, everything that they desired was standing right in front of their face! However, they had to choose to believe who He said He was.
Have you ever longed for or wanted something badly? Could you imagine if everything you were hoping for was staring you in the face, but you couldn’t see it? Jesus invites us to enjoy a fulfilling life with Him. He is not asking us to do more work to find our way to Him. He is asking us to believe. Believe that He will satisfy our longings. Believe that He is enough. Believe that in knowing Him, we are pleasing God. Believe that He is the real deal.
How do we keep our focus on Jesus in the midst of our to-do lists? How do we keep our relationship with God fresh and thriving?
- Pray: Have you ever tried to have a relationship with someone without talking to them? Probably not.
Relationships are non-existent without communication. As we talk to the Lord in prayer, He will focus our days. He will help us to keep our relationship with Him a priority. We will grow to love the Lord as we spend more time with Him. (Luke 5:15-16, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Prioritize: If I can get it done today, I will. The problem, however, is that everything won’t get done today. The result is always frustration because I want to accomplish more than I can. We can cease from frustration by asking the Lord to guide our day. He will show us what is important and what can wait for a later time. (Psalm 90:12, Matthew 6:33-34, Luke 12:34)
Real progress begins with belief. Our trust in Jesus opens our hearts to the treasures and joys of living with purpose. Our service for God is accomplished because we love Him, not because we’re trying to appease Him. No longer do we have to earn our way to God. No longer do we have to perform to be approved. No longer do we have to struggle with burn-out. Just believe.
How are you keeping your relationship with God a priority?