Jesus makes an interesting statement to a question that he received from some of his followers. They asked in John 6:28 “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”. These individuals wanted to do great things for God. Look how Jesus responded “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent”.
Basically, Jesus was saying that the effort and energy that is going to be required wouldn’t be to gain power to do the works of God but to believe in Jesus himself. To believe that Jesus was sent from the God of your father Abraham. This would be a huge task. Believing takes effort. Believing takes energy.
My four posts address what you believe. The followers In John 6 had preconceived notions about their Messiah. He was going to come and overthrow their oppressors and begin to rule and reign like their forefather David. However, Jesus was very different than what they believed or had been taught by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Because of the things that they saw Jesus do and say that didn’t line up with their prior teachings and conceptions, it was a challenge for them to believe that Jesus was the Christ.
There are many things that Christians believe from what they have heard about God or how they were taught that just doesn’t line up with what is clearly stated in the Bible. What you believe is valuable! Why? The Pharisees memorized large portions of scripture that described the Messiah. However, when the Messiah was standing in front of them, they didn’t recognize him. Their preconceived notions would not allow them to receive Him. That should make you shiver.
We don’t want to make that mistake, do we? What you believe is tantamount. In these posts, I discuss several topics that will challenge some of your preconceived notions. However, once you are settled on what you read, I contend that your belief in Jesus and understanding of his heart for you will increase exponentially and your prayer life grow leaps in bounds.
Are you ready for your adventure? Let’s jump in!