May you find the meaning of believing
Previously, we discussed John 6:27-29 New Living Translation
27 Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you…28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Is there work in believing?
James addresses one kind of believing in James 2:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
So, believing that God exists is one thing. Believing IN Him is quite another. When telling someone “I believe in you” is also saying “I trust in you,” “I’m putting my faith in you.” Now, that requires something more than mere acknowledgment. Trusting anyone with yourself requires a relationship strong enough to withstand doubt, which brings us again to the question of what is the work in the Christian’s life?
When you come to Jesus, (which is hard to do for many) asking to get to know Him, (which is even harder on your pride) you have opened the door for a relationship.
1. Just as you would build a friendship with someone, you spend time, which means you “make” time reading the letters He has sent you (the Bible.)
2. talking to Him (praying and listening to Him) and
3. meeting with others who are seeking to know Him (a Christian fellowship of some kind.)
This type of work creates the conditions upon which relationship will happen. You notice the focus is NOT on what you do, but who you are getting to know.
Yes, it takes work to be willing to give up yourself to obtain an authentic friendship with Jesus. It takes vulnerability to allow Him into the inner circle of your mind, and it requires effort to keep it going because the devil will use every trick he has to keep you from it, but it’s so worth the effort!
Isaiah 26:3New International Version (NIV)
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Jesus is anxious to meet with you, to build your relationship with Him together. How exciting is that?