John 6:29 “Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.’” (NIV)
It would be easy to read this section of Scripture (John 6:29-58) rejoicing only in the salvation you have in Jesus. This teaching of Jesus goes beyond just declaring the path of salvation; it shows how to live the Christian life through faith. Faith not only ushers you into the throne room of God for eternity, but your faith is also the sustaining work of God for His life in you. You must continue to preach the gospel to yourself that it is not you who accomplishes God’s work, but Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit. John 6:56-57 helps you to visually see how this happens as you feed on Jesus, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” (NIV) By continuing to feed on Jesus you remain in Him. The natural result of remaining in Jesus is to grow into His likeness as you trust His leading (drink). Trusting Jesus releases the work of the Holy Spirit for His work in and through you. Jesus introduced this concept in John 4:34 when He said, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.’” (NIV) As you feed on Jesus, His will and life will become a commanding presence and desire to not only follow Him, but to also obey Him. Following and obeying will always be fed by believing and not merely laboring to do so. It is the practice of continually preaching the gospel to yourself, believing it, and stepping out by trusting the work of the Holy Spirit in you.
The victorious Christian life rides on faith, while believing in the finished work of Jesus that is expressed in Philippians 1:6 that says, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (NIV) When fear grips you or you are at a loss on how… or you are just exhausted from where you are at, then come back to Jesus for faith, refreshment, and rejuvenation as in John 7:37-38, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (NIV) Never forget that the work of God begins by believing in Him and ends by believing in Him.
John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.’” (NIV)
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