The Work of God

In the Gospels, people were often asking God what they should be doing in response to what He was doing.  It’s striking how practical His answers often were, as in what John the Baptist said to those asking God through him: some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.” Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:12-14).  These “non-religious” directions from John make it clear that God is interested, not only in our religious observances, but also in the way our life in Him plays out in the real, here-and-now world.

But on one occasion, Jesus was asked “What shall we do, so that we may do the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  (John 6:28-29).  Behind everything that we do for God must lie a faithful trust in The One Whose Life, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension makes it possible for us to know and serve God at all. As St. Paul writes, whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). 

I can think of no better way to respond to what God is doing, to believe in The One Whom He has sent, and to do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, than to pray.  Thank you, praying Christian, for doing the work of God.

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