What does God really want from us?
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)
Sometimes I wonder where this verse has been all my life. Did it get added to my Bible a few years ago? How did I miss it?
“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
The whole purpose and rationale for religion – false religions, true religions… extreme religions, mainstream religions… crazy, far-out religions, accepted religions… the whole purpose is to satisfy the god or gods of that religion.
People do strange things. People do bad things. People do good things. But the goal is the same: satisfy the god or gods; meet the requirements of that god or gods.
The Jewish religious leaders said that could be done by following the Law of Moses. So they defined that Law. Legalists today say that it can be done by lists of do’s and don’ts.
Jesus said that God is asking for one thing only: Believe in the one he has sent. Put all your eggs into that one basket.