Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:26-27)
Many sincere seekers for God are puzzled about what he wants them to do. The religions of the world are mankind’s attempts to answer this question. But Jesus’ reply is brief and simple; we must believe on him whom God has sent. Satisfying God does not come from the work we do, but from whom we believe. The first step is accepting that Jesus is who he claims to be. All spiritual development is built on this affirmation. Declare to Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), and embark on a life of belief that is satisfying to your creator.
Work for God as a Team
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9)
God’s work involves many different individuals with a variety of gifts and abilities. There are no superstars in this task, only team members performing their won special roles. We can become useful members of God’s team by setting aside our desires to receive glory for what we do. Don’t seek the praise that comes from people – it is comparatively worthless. Instead, seek approval from God.
- Those who lack interest and fervor are ineffective in working for God. They give the impression that the gospel is unimportant.
- We must work with divine inspiration. Zeal and enthusiasm bring results when presenting Christ to others. (Romans 12:11)
Work for God with Earnestness
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
Jesus needs workers who know how to deal with people’s problems. We can comfort others and show them the way to live because we have been helped with our problems by God and he laborers.
Jesus looked at the crowds following him and referred to them as a field ripe for harvest. Many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would show them how. Jesus commands us to pray that people will respond to this needs for workers. Often, when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using us. Be prepared for God to use you to show another person the way to him.
- Many Christians are flippant and unconcerned. They fail to take their soul-winning responsibilities seriously.
- We must recognize the importance of winning the lost to Christ. One soul is worth more than the world. Effective results come with earnest witnessing.
Work for God with Confidence
And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded (1 John 3:23)
In the Bible, a person’s name stands for his or her character. It represents who he or she really is. We are to believe not only in Jesus’ words, but also in his very person as the Son of God. Moreover, to believe “in the name” means to pattern your life after Christ’s, to become more like him by uniting yourself with him. And if we are living like Christ, we will “love one another.”
- Some Christians lack faith when working for God. They do not expect results, and they do not receive them.
- We must work with confidence. It takes a faith to receive Christ. It also takes faith to bring others to a saving knowledge of him (Romans 1:17).
Work for God with Endurance
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:9-10)
Are you in shape both physically and spiritually? In our society much emphasis is placed on physical fitness, but spiritual health (godliness) is even more important. Our physical health is susceptible to disease and injury, but faith can sustain us through these tragedies. To train ourselves to be godly, we must develop our faith by using our God-given abilities in the service of the church. Are you developing your spiritual muscles?
- Many Christians take the easy way. They fail in God’s work when endurance is required.
- To be effective we must persevere. We must endure difficulties and distress without being overcome (2 Timothy 4:5)
Work for God with Expectation
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34)
To “seek first the kingdom and his righteousness” means to turn to God first for help, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don’t actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life.
- Planning for tomorrow is time well spent, worrying for tomorrow is time wasted.
- Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.
Work for God
When we work for God we are doing the work of God. What is the work of God? Jesus told us in John 6:29, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” When we work for God, we are helping others to come to the knowledge that Jesus died, was buried and rose the third day. We help people understand the saving grace that God bestows on us through the Gospel, the good news.
We work for God through teamwork, with an earnestness and confidence knowing that whatever we face as long as we keep our focus on him, he will keep his focus on us. Paul says we must run our race with endurance, and if we stumble we are to get right back up, brush ourselves off and keep going. It is the expectation that if God be for us, who can be against us, that gives us the strength to get up every morning and work for God no matter what comes our way.
Be prepared for God to use you to show another person the way to him.