“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The desire to be extraordinary for God can be the very thing that keeps us from ever being satisfied with God.
That’s a defeatist thing to say, right? Aren’t we supposed to dream big and expect God to make the impossible happen and all that for his glory? Well, yes…..and no.
There is that little matter of first things first. Remember the parable that ended with Jesus saying, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” Luke 16:10. Our tendency is to want to reverse the order. Give us the big things to do for you God. We’re ready…right out of the starting gate.
But first, our zeal must be tested; our metal tried.
This is what strikes me in how the crowd wants to relate to Jesus – “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Give us a list to accomplish that will demonstrate how grateful you will be to have us. Jesus says, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
Me: Oh…..yeah… “believing”. That’s the easy thing. Like every day and in everything, right? No problem. Got that checked.