“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you”…then they said to him, “What must we do to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God that you believe in him whom he has sent.”…“For this is the will of my Father. That everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life…”
John 6: 27-29, 40 (ESV)
This curiously insightful assertion by Jesus seems somewhat perplexing, and to some perhaps, even nonsensical. God just wants a believing heart, that’s it? As stated, it is so, for there is absolutely nothing we can accomplish, of our own effort, which will help motivate God to approve of us. The notion that we can help support God or work our way to salvation is somehow absurd. We must first believe in our hearts that Christ Jesus is who he says he is, God incarnate, the living Word and is capable of doing all that his righteous nature and position inspire him to do. And while God requires none of our help, he dearly desires our loving fellowship and willing compliance when it comes from a humble heart.
What is the meaning of, “…everyone who looks on the Son and believes?” It simply means all those who can see Jesus for who he truly is. We can’t truly believe in, or love, some contrived 2-dimensional rendition of what Jesus may have looked like. No, two dimensions can’t begin to do him justice, for that is not looking on Jesus at all. We must, instead, embrace a living holistic view of his being, his radiance of grace and loving-kindness. When we “look on the Son” we are agreeing with his undying love for us that climaxed with his sacrifice on our behalf and his resurrection to God’s right hand, allowing it to be indelibly engraved on our hearts. When we “believe in him whom he has sent” we are willingly submitting to the perfectly blameless and flawless character of Christ Jesus who, in the exact likeness of God, the Father, was given complete dominion over the universe and all therein.
For every moment we believe in Christ Jesus, we are doing the work of God and with every step of faith we ever take, we glorify God!
Let us, therefore, stay spiritually immersed in his character, expectant of his very presence, the living Word, and his righteous testimony every day of our lives.
Dear Lord, please keep the desiring eyes of our heart focused on Your Word and allow the Holy Spirit to minister the Truth to our heart that we may do the work righteously assigned to us and be raised up on the last day spiritually prepared for our eternal walk with Jesus. Amen.
A F Fischer