A lot has happened in this chapter so far. Jesus has fed thousands of people with a small boy’s lunch – five loaves of bread and two fish (we’re not talking two entire Tunas either). He has crossed a lake at night... on foot. These are pretty mind-blowing miracles, and when the crowd tracks him down again they want to know...
“How can we perform God’s works like you do?” - John 5:28
Which technique did you use to multiply the bread and fish? Did you start with the bread or with the fish? What’s the correct foot position for walking on water?
“This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” - John 5:29
So often we want to know how to “do” our faith. We jump through so many hoops in an effort to look or feel spiritual. And certainly, faith without works is dead.
But works without faith are equally dead. Because at the end of the day, there’s only one thing God wants from us. He wants us to believe in Jesus.
When we believe in Jesus, we can do anything else that needs to be done. When we believe in Jesus, we can “perform God’s works” – we can pray and serve and give and grow and see the unexplainable in our lives. When we believe in Jesus, our perspective will shift. Instead of relying on short-term techniques, we’ll be living by faith.
God invites us to stop chasing after miracles or money or the meaning of life and start chasing after Jesus. When we chase after Jesus, we’ll see miracles. We’ll be provided for. And we’ll know our purpose. But it starts with believing in Jesus, the one God has sent. Do you?
“Jesus, I can be a master at trying hard. And I know you honor effort. But sometimes in all my trying to be better at who I am and what I do, I lose sight of You being my foundation. So I return to that simple faith today. Remind me that trusting you is what matters most. Jesus, I invite you to flood my mind and heart with who you are, and help me live my life from that.”
Find a quiet place to sit for 5-10 minutes and block out any distractions. Slow your breathing down and let your immediate thoughts dissipate. Then begin to think, one by one, of the things that are bothering you right now. After you’ve brought each to mind, picture yourself speaking to that situation. Say aloud: “I trust Jesus and I will make it through this because of my faith in Him.”