Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." - John 6:28-29 NIV
Jesus' followers were confused. All of their lives they had been "do-ers", reading the Jewish law and attempting to follow each custom to the letter. It is no wonder that they asked Jesus what they could "do". I'm guessing that Jesus doesn't answer in the way they expect him to. Jesus says that to do the work that God requires, they must believe in the one he has sent. They must believe in Jesus.
But what does believing in Jesus really mean in this context? The disciples asked a follow up question by asking Jesus what sign He would perform so that they would believe. Funny that they would ask this after they had just been beneficiaries of a "sign" when Jesus fed the 5,000! Jesus replies by referring to Moses and the manna from heaven and telling them that he was the "true bread from heaven". They already had enough evidence to believe.
We too, have enough evidence to believe, we just need to carefully and repeatedly examine the evidence. God's Word is the "evidence". The more we spend time with God through His word, getting to know the promises He makes, the miracles He works, and His instructions to us for a full life, the more we will believe. He will change us the more we ask Him too.
As a majority, we Christians have lost our focus regarding our number one priority -- getting to know Jesus - substituting it for a "doing" faith, trying to follow a system of rules for righteous living. We are putting the cart before the horse. We can go to Jesus and ask Him to help us believe so that He can do the work.
Note: For more information regarding this topic, see my related post this week at Truth Talks, "Is Being a Christian About Being Good?"
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.