â€œWhat exactly does God want us to do? The people asked.
Jesus answered, â€œGod wants you to have faith in the one he sent.â€ John 6:28-29 (CEV)
What an opportunity? To ask God, face to face, â€œWhat do You want us to do?â€ Can you imagine the people straining, even elbowing each other out of the way to be able to hear the answer?
What would He say? Pray four hours/day? Give 20% to the church? Memorize the Book of Leviticus? Jesus says to just believe in the One that God sent.
There are some who will not believe this statement because they would rather work their way into heaven. There are some who will not believe this statement because they would rather be holy enough to get into heaven. Neither one of those ideas are acceptable to God.
My sins are too great for me to do enough good works to balance or wipe out my sins. And my sins are too great for me to ever be holy enough.
The only way to please God is to accept His free gift. Believing in Jesus includes believing and knowing that Jesus was the only sacrifice that could make our relationship with God come together. It was the only way we could have a relationship with God! Jesus came to be that sacrifice and He also showed us how to have a relationship with the Father. Believe and follow what Jesus said. That is what God wants us all to do.
It is that simple. Easy? Not so much. The cross was heavy. The cross was obscene. The blood was real. The price was high. It was too high for me. So Jesus paid that high price for me, for you. It was simple. It was a gift. A gift of God’s love, His extravagant love.
â€œI didn’t come from heaven to do what I want! I came to do what the Father wants me to do . He sent me, and he wants to make certain that none of the ones he has given me will be lost. Instead he wants me to raise them to life on the last day. My Father wants everyone who see s the Son to have faith in him and to have eternal life. Then I will raise them to life on the last day.â€ John 6:38-40 (CEV)
Let us do as Jesus did. Let us do what the Father wants us to do. Believe in Jesus whom God sent.