Our church uses the Community Bible Reading Journal as a means to learn the heart of God through reading His Word daily. Recently, we read John 6:28-29. â€œThen they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?â€ Jesus answered them, â€œThis is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.â€
We live in â€œdoâ€ culture. Book stores are filled with â€œHow to do…â€ books with some tailored for folks like me: â€œ______ For Dummies.â€ The church can also be a â€œdoâ€ culture, a meritocracy that rewards achievers. If you are truly spiritual, then do this and this and this and this and then that. We tend to determine our justification solely on the basis of our sanctification, which is a fancy way of saying the gift of the Godâ€™s grace is measured by how much we do to earn it or reimburse God for it.
Jesus is crystal clear on this topic. He says, â€œYou want me to tell you how to do spiritually? Ok, believe in me… Do faith… Trust in my works, not yours.â€ This challenges us. We are all doers – take the bull by horns and git â€˜er done. And Jesus tells us that we must â€œdoâ€ belief in Him. Brennan Manning says â€œI am now utterly convinced that on judgement day, the Lord Jesus will ask one question and one question only: Did you believe that I loved you?â€