“What must we do, to be doing the work of God?”
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
There are times in your life when you can begin to feel a little overwhelmed. You have your 9-5 job, and all that it brings. You have your house, with its repairs and improvements. You have your children, with their unceasing need for time and attention. You have the need for daily exercise, vehicle maintenance, financial planning, and on the list goes––and oops, you forgot about your spouse, or that once-so-close friend––until you find yourself shell-shocked by a kind of decision-paralysis from the bewildering scope of it all.
But now, let Jesus touch and heal that paralysis with a few simple words…
“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
It’s so uncomplicated, it’s such a relief, and it draws the mind back to Matthew 11…
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Such heart-easing words. But how do we do what Jesus is saying? How do we come to him, so as to find this promised rest?
As we heard in our teaching time this past Sunday, to come to Jesus is to believe in him, not with a merely propositional belief, like your belief in a mathematical statement: “Two plus two equals four. Jesus is the Son of God.”
No, the belief that Son is talking about is something more than propositional; it is also personal. To believe in Jesus is to trust in Jesus. To bury your hope in Jesus. To be still and rest in Jesus. This is the work that God requires. Along these lines, here’s what George Müller had to say…
“According to my judgement, the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord’s work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled condition for the last five and thirty years. for the first four years after my conversion I knew not its vast importance, but now after much experience I specially commend this point to the notice of my younger brethren and sisters in Christ: the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experiential acquaintance and fellowship with God himself.”
All of that by a man who spent the days of his life seeing to the care of over ten thousand orphans. So as you look forward to this day and the days that come after, remember, your first work, your best work, the work that God requires, is that you believe in his Son, whom he has sent. Do that, and everything else will follow.
Pastor Daren Redekopp
p.s. Sometimes our mothers worry about whether their work—especially for their children—will end up being wasted. Why not bring her this Sunday for an encouraging meditation?