What must I do?
John 6: Then they asked (Jesus), “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.”
Deep down we all have our own opinions about who God is and what (we think) God thinks of us. If God expects anything from us at all, we think we know what that is. Knowingly or unknowingly, we make up our own assumptions about what it will be like to encounter God. We even think we have the answers to his questions. In addition, if we don’t, we think we can talk our way through the conversation with God. Surely, God is reasonable … after all isn’t he a good God? I do good things for other people. Is that all that counts? Surely, God will be happy with me and all of my good deeds. I haven’t robbed any banks, murdered anyone or even cheated on my wife. I’m a good person.
Who knows where our fanciful and Disney like ideas of God really come from. Who knows what we really think about God? Do we ever bounce our ideas off other people? Not really. Do we seek the answers to our questions about God? Do we ever ask religious leaders? Surprisingly, we don’t. Even more surprisingly, as Americans spend more time thinking through what we want to wear each day or what we want off the restaurant menu than we do thinking about of last moments in the world/first moments in the world to come.
Maybe you know the right answers to all the hard questions that God will ask. I pray you do. If so, praise be to God. Maybe you think you do, but are not sure. We would be remiss if we didn’t visit the most important questions of life at least every once in a great while. Today, we are doing that.
In the Army, we like to think in term of the bottom line. Better yet, we like the bottom line up front. BLUF every day of the week and twice Sunday is that I am saved from my sin and condemnation for one reason alone — that I believe in you Lord Jesus Christ as the son of God who came to take away the sin of the world. That’s it. I can do nothing — not even a sliver of goodness to earn my way into God’s favor or God’s heaven. Jesus did that and I believe in Jesus.
If you haven’t yet surrendered the control of your life to Jesus and asked for his forgiveness of your sin, do it today. Now, pray and believe that Jesus is the one who God sent into this world to die for you. He did and you must believe. It will change your life here and now. It will also change your life for eternity.
By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Scott B. Koeman