The Work Of God
They said therefore unto Him, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.”
Such a question those Jews asked is unusual when you consider our day and time when most would ask, “What shall we do to be rich, powerful, popular, honored, and happy?” There are a few eager ones who inquire how they may do the work of God. Most suppose the work is already done and there is nothing more we can do. Some may even refer to Ephesians 2:8 where it says, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” In view of this passage, some will conclude an “acceptance” into your heart of what God has done for man in Jesus Christ is the sole work of God.
Being passive is not what those people in John 6 had in mind, and neither should we accept being spiritual as all “taking” without “giving” (Matthew 16:24). This question reveals a concept of a higher and more noble life to be lived. It implies those who asked the question believe they are ready to do whatever needs to be done so through them the work of God would be achieved. It brings a smile to your face and excitement that someone would want to know how they can do the work of God. What would be your answer?
Jesus responds in a word - “believe.” Some will take that and say, “Never mind what you believe, just so you do what is right.” Jesus does not say so. He puts faith first. Belief in Christ is obedience. That is the work of God, not to many beliefs but to one belief, and that it is in Jesus. We are petitioned to turn to one source and guide in life for no other will be acceptable, because it is the only belief which turns the soul toward righteousness. This belief is the means of securing pardon and direction toward all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), of becoming right with God, and of receiving spiritual strength to handle the duties we have in this present world.
Belief must be the beginning, because from one’s inner conviction determines what the works, words, and attitudes of an individual will be. That means there is a firm relationship of faith with works. Paul stresses faith, James emphasizes works, and both plead upon the authority of Jesus Christ, the one who teaches the work of God is believe. Every person can understand believing is the beginning, and works is the continuation of one’s belief. Belief is the inner. Work is the outer. Belief is the motive. Work is the result. Belief is the cause. Work is the effect. Our faith wrought with our works shows the work of God and unites us with the Living and Almighty Jehovah.