John 6:29 “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

     Can it be that straight forward?  Believing in Jesus!  Does this amount to doing God’s will and work in the world?  What about being called?  What about being set apart?  What about professional training or being trained by professionals?  Can anybody do this work or only people who are ‘qualified’ for it?

     Jesus was speaking to the people from the crowd of five thousand men whom He fed with five loaves and two small fish.  They had followed Jesus to the other side of the sea to Capernaum.  Jesus had left the crowd behind because after He miraculously fed them they wanted to make Him their king by force; “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.” (John 6:15)  They wanted a political  and economic solution for their problems not seeing their real spiritual troubles.   People haven’t changed.

     When the people caught up to Jesus He said to them; “Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” (John 6:26) Jesus knew they weren’t interested in  miracles only – they were hungry and desperate. Jesus saw beyond their physical need to the deep spiritual emptiness in them and He urged them to take nourishment; “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.” (John 6:27) Then the people asked; “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” (John 6:28)   And Jesus told them that the work is to believe in Him. 

    It’s all about faith and the fruits thereof; “Labor is involved in faith because living faith requires activity to meet the definition given in James 2. As the apostle says, faith without works is dead, and such “faith” is in realty not even faith. . . . if a person only agrees, he merely has a preference, and his works will be at best inconsistent and sporadic. If a person has living faith, however, his belief will be a conviction, and works will occur.” (Forerunner Commentary)

     Did the people believe Jesus when He told them He was that food – the bread of heaven? A few did. Most didn’t; “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.’ (John 6:35,36)  For those few that did believe; “this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” (John 6:39)

     It isn’t about education or training or qualifications.  It’s about hunger and thirst and being filled.  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” (John 6:53)  It’s all about Jesus, not seminary training, not academics and certainly not theology.  Seminary, academics or theology can never transform a man from death to life.  Dead men do no kingdom work.  Jesus tells us squarely; “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) In His Word we live and do His work.

     Jesus told us right from the start: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

     Praise the Lord!

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