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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Just Believe"

Date published: 06/03/2017
John 6:29 “Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.’" (NIV)  

   A gentleman was sharing his story in Christ which included an unusual element. After high school, he worked a year for a ministry that helped non-profits. I inquired about the spiritual element in the ministry; he said the spiritual element was seen in their actions. No words about Christ, merely living life for Jesus while allowing Him to shine through his life. How profound! We tend to think of Jesus and His work in our spiritual activities rather than in all of life.  

   What a mistake to segregate your Christian faith to religious activities rather than to everything you do. The work of God begins by believing Jesus is important enough to place Him at the center of everything you do. This gentleman worked not for the great things of this world, but to be Jesus’ hands and feet in this world. This gentleman worked for Jesus not to build the biggest church, the largest small group, the most profound ministry; he worked out of love and obedience for Christ. Jesus does not just work in you when you are doing religious things; He desires to work in all you do as you walk with Him. It is easy to become enthralled with doing great things for God, but some of God’s greatest works are done in the mundane.  Let Ephesians 4:24 challenge you each day to allow God’s work to be in your every experience, task, and encounter: “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (NIV)  Mark 5:36 reminds you of how God is in charge: “Don't be afraid; just believe.” (NIV) You never want to diminish God’s work in you by underestimating the potential of His work in great, as well as ordinary, moments.  

   All too often we reduce God to events, activities, and moments and not in the beauty of His creation, the divine encounters in our journey, and the growing revelation of knowing Him better. I used to have a divide and conquer strategy in my marriage. “You do this and I’ll do that, and then we’ll meet to do something wonderful together.” My wife said we could enjoy the wonderful by just doing life together. Life is not about the grand events, but about experiencing Jesus in every detail of your life. “The work of God is this, to believe in the One He has sent.”  Believe in God enough to allow Him to be your all in every part of your life. 

Philippians 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” (NIV) 

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