Today's devotion is based on John 6:28,29. “What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
Have you ever been confused about what God really wants from you? What should I do, God? Should I sign up for a new program that has something to do with mission? Perhaps I need to pray harder or read every word of the Bible? Am I working hard enough for you? Often the work of the devil is to draw us into thinking like this – am I doing enough?
So, what is it that we must do to perform the works of God? The work of God is simply this: to believe in the one whom the Father has sent. In other words, to believe in Jesus. I don’t know about you, but that is somewhat freeing, isn’t it? To do the works of God is simply to believe. In faith, we receive all God has promised us in his only Son – eternal life, salvation, and forgiveness of sins. And in faith, our good deeds and our works are for God’s glory by sharing his love with the world.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Gracious Father, you call us to do good works, and the good work is to believe in your only Son, Jesus. Strengthen our faith, so we see your Son in our life and follow him boldly living in this world where you have placed us to share your love through our actions in Jesus. Amen.