In John 6 Jesus is chased by the people who want more signs. They are so eager that they jump in boats in search of Him.

Think about it. If they were mildly interested in finding him they might search the village. If they were more interested in Jesus, they probably would go beyond the village seeking Jesus in the countryside. But it appears they were more than just a little interested in Jesus. They jumped in boats and traveled across a lake to find Him (6:24). They really went out of their way to keep up with Jesus. These folks were on a mission.

So they catch up with Jesus and he gets in their face! “You’re not here because you want me. You only want what I can give you. You’re here for the wrong thing!” (6:26-27)

What’s a ‘miracle-chaser’ to say to that? They ask the classic religious question, “What do we have to DO to be a part of your program?” To which, Jesus gave the only answer He ever seems to give, “Believe in me.” The work is to believe. Isn’t that kind of like saying the work is to not work.

What boss would ever say that? You show up on the job and Bossman says to you, “Today the work is to not work.” What?

What kind of religion is that? “The way to be religious is to not be religious.”

Mmmmmmmm. “The work of God is to believe.” So should I not prepare messages and just believe instead? The answer doesn’t seem to fit my question. I want to do. Believing seems to be not doing.

Many older, wiser saints have said it before. I’ve heard it but I am a slow learner. All Jesus asks us to do is to believe, to abide in Him. In doing this I begin to learn that He does the work. When He does the work, he receives the attention, fame and glory. He gets bigger in my life. I become an effective ambassador for Him. The ministry is not as much what I do, as it is what He does through me. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God”

Ministry results as an expression of Jesus in my life. Any ‘doing’ that gets done happens as a result of believing.

Effective ‘doing’ is believing.