This One Thing…

It is understandable that we desire to know what it takes to please God.  Or at least we want to know how to try.  Fortunately we can know the answer because we have the Biblical record of that very question being asked to Jesus by the disciples.  And we have Jesus’ response. “Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works that God requires?’  Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.'” (John 6:28-29)  The disciples probably expected a list of works they were responsible to accomplish.  But Jesus’ answer was very clear and concise.  He said that God required one thing.  God wants us to believe.  That’s not referring to intellectual belief; it means to rely and depend upon what Jesus has done for you.  It means to depend upon Him for righteousness and holiness.  It means to put all of your eggs into that one basket.  Religion says, “Behave.”  Grace says, “Believe.”