Theme of the Week: Strength in the Lord
Bible Verse: “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 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 6:27–29
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
What does God want me to do? How often have you asked yourself that question? The Bible is quite clear that our faith is expressed in our doing (Ephesians 2:10).
Yet as men, we can fall into the trap of defining our identity from doing, rather than doing from our identity. We use phrases like, “I am a pipe-fitter. I am a businessman. I am…” Yet these are things we do, not what we are.
In the passage above, Jesus tells the people that their true ‘job’ is not the one they have to provide for themselves and their families. When they ask Jesus for God’s job description for their lives, He tells them that their ‘work’ is to believe in him.
The job that pays with eternal life is the job of believing and putting your trust in Jesus. This is the starting point and the central part of all that you are as a follower of Jesus.
Think of it this way: believing in and trusting Jesus is your full-time job (24/7). Doing whatever your vocation is, is your secondary job. You are defined, not by what you do vocationally, but by who you believe in every hour of your life. This is your life’s work. This is the work that brings eternal life.
Prayer: God help me realize the importance of placing my trust and faith in you. May I be someone who is rooted in my calling as a son of God.
Reflection: Have you ever considered that your first calling is to someone, then to something? Your occupation is secondary to the calling you have to Christ as a son.
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