“What must we do to do the works God requires?”

This was a question asked of Yeshua after he said to them, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life …” (John 6:27)  I believe he was referring to Isaiah 55:2. “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” 

It might be good to ask ourselves, “What am I working/laboring so intensely for?  Am I spending my time and money on what truly satisfies and has eternal significance?  How do I know if I am doing the work God requires?” 

Yeshua’s answer to their question was, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 

Hebrews 3:19 says, “So we see that they were not able to enter (God’s rest), because of their unbelief.”  Chapter 4:10, 11 says, “… for everyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works … Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest …”How do we “make every effort” to “rest from (our) works”?  We need to remember that Yeshua said, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Rather than wearing ourselves out trying to do more and/or do better, we can “work” at shifting our focus to believing in Yeshua and what He has already accomplished for us.  When our confidence is in what He has done, rather than in our own efforts, we may find with great relief that we have entered into His rest.

Barbara Foerster

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