John 6 (KJV)
28Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
As a young Christian before, like many others, I was enthusiastic to please God with my good works. When Jesus was asked by the crowd what they had to do so that they might work the works of God, I am surprised that Jesus was in no hurry to give a long list of things for them to do like going to the synagogue every Sabbath day, give alms to the poor……..
Jesus knows the greatest and most important work we have to do is to believe in Him.
Jesus knows that once we believe in Him, He becomes our driving source and motivation from which good works will spawn out from us, not from our fleshly efforts. It is a package deal.
It is also a matter of the horse (believe) before the cart (good works), not the cart before the horse. When we believe in Him, in the truths about Him being revealed to us by the Spirit of truth, our minds will be renewed, we will then bear the fruits of the Spirit which help us to relate to our neighbours in God’s way. Good works with Godly motives will automatically flow out of our lives.
We are different from other religions. Other religions believe that good works will bring them closer to their gods. For us as believers, we are already the beloved of God because of Jesus death and resurrection, not because of our good works. Good works flow out only after we believe Him.
Jesus knew the importance of right believing, other wise we produce dead works. We as believers in Him have the horse before the cart, other religions have the cart before the horse. Rejoice