Caravaggio_-_The_Incredulity_of_Saint_Thomas

What is the work God has called you to do? When a group of people coming after Jesus asked a question similar to that (John 6:28) Jesus answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:29). It sounds like a Sunday School answer. I would submit Jesus is speaking of more than a belief about what he did. Of course when Jesus said this those things that are to be “of first importance” (1 Cor 15:3-4) had not happened yet. I would submit Jesus is simply speaking of believing who he is. He says the work of God is to believe in him.

This was the whole aim of John’s gospel. He wrote, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). What does believing in Jesus mean for you and those God has called you to? A scan of episodes and phrases just from John offer beautiful pictures of the person of Christ. Believing this man is capable of all these great things should make doing the work of God a joy.

  • He takes away sin (1:29)
  • He brings joy (2:10-11)
  • He saves the world (3:16-17)
  • He did the Father’s will (4:32-38)
  • He brings the dead to life by his word (5:24)
  • He has the words of eternal life (6:68)
  • He divides people (7:43)
  • He is the light of the world (8:12)
  • He displays the work of God (9:3)
  • He gives life to the limits (10:10)
  • He gives life back (11:25-26)
  • He draws all men to himself (12:32)
  • He washes feet (13:10)
  • He keeps troubled hearts (14:1)
  • He has great love (15:13)
  • He overcomes the world (16:33)
  • He prays (17:9,20)
  • He testifies to the way things really are (18:36-37)
  • He finished the work he came to do (19:30)
  • He sends as he was sent (20:21)
  • He wants believers (20:27)
  • He wants lovers (21:15)

The last two strike me particularly. He wants believers and not doubters. And he wants to be in a loving relationship with people. I think those two are closely associated. To believe he is the particular type of person that John purposed to describe can be held in suspicion without a sense that this type of person loves and wants to be loved in return.

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