Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”John 6:28–29
How does someone please God. Hebrews says that without faith it is impossible to please God. That leaves fallen man in quite a dilemma. Faith comes from God, it is impossible for fallen man to display Bible Faith. Faith is a gift. Then how can a lost person be saved? That’s where grace comes in. Grace is not a license to sin, far from it. Grace is the effect of God on our heart that begins to awaken faith. That’s what makes grace so amazing, it is all of God. Martin Luther lived his life in amazement of God’s grace after he was born again. Listen to Luther’s powerful description of the work that pleases God.
“If we want to know how to receive God’s grace, how to approach him, how to satisfy the penalty for our sins, how to receive forgiveness of sin and escape death, then we must do what God wants and believe in Christ. Faith is the work we must do. Yet faith is also called God’s work. Later, Christ tells us how we are able to believe, for no one can believe on his or her own. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44). He also says, “No one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him” (John 6:65). For faith is a divine work that God asks us to do. But at the same time, God must give us faith, for we can’t believe on our own. What an excellent passage this is! Like a lightning bolt, it strikes down all wisdom and righteousness, every law and commandment, even the law of Moses. It lays before us a different work—a work that is above and beyond us. We cannot grasp Christ with our thoughts or our reason. Therefore, faith cannot be our own work. We are drawn to Christ, even though we can neither feel him nor see him.”
Our spiritual journey begins by faith, every step we make in Christ is also by faith. This faith too is the work of God. Knowing this brings me to my knees, knowing this displays my utter dependency on God. Are you facing challenges and circumstances too big for you? You may think they are also too big for your faith. Here’s the good news, we are dependent not on our faith but the faith of God. Today, look to Him, faith and love are found in Christ. His faith will pull you through.