He Said Just Believe!!!!

Monday John 6 29

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Ye Believe On Him Whom He Sent!!!

 

John 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

John 6:22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;

John 6:23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

John 6:24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

John 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

Joh 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

 

In verse 24, we see that the people have crossed the Sea of Galilee and upon arriving in Capernaum, are seeking Jesus. That is good! Or is it? In verse 26 Jesus tells them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Then in verse 27 he tells them:

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

As a side note here, I do think it’s worth mentioning that we need to examine ourselves carefully to make sure that we are always seeking Jesus for the right reasons.

These men are looking for a quick fix, the next meal, to have Jesus apply a band-aid and let them go about their business. Jesus has a way of cutting right to the chase. He tells them they are seeking Him for the wrong reasons. He goes on to tell them that they are really working hard to get another meal, something that can only sustain temporarily, (vs.27), physically, (“What’s in it for me?”) He tells them that they should be seeking Him to obtain that which lasts for eternity! He then tells them that He can give them eternal life…notice He will give it; they won’t earn it.

They still don’t get it. We know that because of their response in verse 28:

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

 

 

“Jesus, What shall I do?”

“Jesus, What shall we do?”

“Jesus, What great thing should we do to gain your favor?”

“Jesus, What can we barter with, to get you to serve us some more?”

“Jesus, What shall I do?”

Jesus simply says, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” What does that mean?

The work of God is simply:

THAT YOU BELIEVE ON HIS NAME

That’s just too simple isn’t it? That doesn’t appeal to our human nature, does it? No, of course not! In fact it is so simple, and we believe so strongly that there has to be something else to it, that we tend to dismiss it. “Oh no, I’m quit sure that there has to be more to it than that!”

That’s not what Jesus says. He says that the work of the Father is to believe on Jesus. That is it. You can make it more difficult than that if you wish, but you are missing the life that God intended for you to live. IF YOU ARE NOT BELIEVING THIS THAN YOUR NOT TRUSTING JESUS….

 

God addresses this elsewhere in the Bible when He says in Matthew chapter 7, beginning at verse 21:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Jesus doesn’t seem to be impressed. “Yeah, but I never knew you. We had no relationship.”

It seems that God is much more interested in our being something for Him than He is in our doing something for Him. God is looking for those who desire to have an ongoing relationship with Him. God is looking for those who desire to worship him.

 

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Yes, I understand the “Great Commission” as we call it, and I understand that God has chosen us as His instruments to spread the good news. We need to be doing that, but we must have the relationship first; otherwise it doesn’t matter what works we do in His name, it is still in name only. How can we effectively tell others about someone whom we only know in passing? How can we effectively tell others about a Jesus with whom we are barely acquainted ourselves? How can we convincingly model a changed life in the Lord when we spend almost no time with Him?How can we hope to do anything lasting when Jesus is not in it?

 

Jesus said that even these works do not take the place of His knowing us and our knowing Him. I think it is clear that Christianity has hit some bumps in the road. Setting aside all of the things that we have been told that we must do, (and believe that we must do), our first responsibility is to have a relationship with Him! No amount of doing or training takes the place of our being what a close relationship with Jesus produces in our lives.

The Bible seems to be centered around what you can be for God much more than what you can do for God. You can be so busy doing that you completely miss the essence of what it means to be a Christian!

The word Christian literally means little Christ. A little Christ is a copy of a bigger Christ. If we are not careful, we can be so busy doing, that we do not have time to have a relationship with the same Christ into whose likeness we’re supposed to be conformed. How can we measure whether we have become more focused on doing than believing? It is really pretty easy if you think about it.

Isn’t that what it is really all about? How do others see Christ because of us? Part of the wrong we do is simply a reflection of who were are, and no one is perfect yet. Often the problem is that we are much too busy doing, instead of just believing!

We see public examples of this often. How many people have we known, or how many people have we seen, who appear to be doing great works for the Lord, and the next thing we know there is some huge scandal surrounding them, or the un-Christlike things they once did, have all too apparently returned?

What happened? They got focused on doing, instead of being, and when temptation came along, because they were too busy to spend time with God, He didn’t have the opportunity to change their minds.

 

Religions and relationships are not the same thing, and satisfying God doesn’t come from how much work we do, but from whom we believe.

The first step is believing that Jesus is who He says He is and putting all our faith in that belief. All future spiritual development must be built upon this foundational belief.

Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and embark on a relationship that is a lifelong journey that is satisfying, pleasing and acceptable to God.

Does this mean that we should never do anything for Christ, then? No, certainly there are things that must be done! We have a responsibility to serve, but we must remember that the things that we do, aren’t done to be accepted of Him; they are done because we are already accepted by Him.

Our first responsibility, our primary responsibility, our greatest responsibility is to have an ongoing, vibrant, loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Each one of us must find this relationship for ourselves. We can satisfy and sustain spiritual life only through a right relationship with Him.

 

Jesus replied: “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT YE BELIEVE ON HIM WHOM HE HATH SENT”.

AT CALVARY

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

Love and Prayers

Cheryl

 

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