The Only Work That God Wants

It’s audio devo day! I just know that Holy Spirit wants to minister strength and encouragement to your heart today. So tune in here, close your eyes, and listen for His whispers to your heart:

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Restful

“‘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’ (John 6:28-29, NIV).

In your heart, have you ever asked the same thing as the people in this story? Have you ever wondered what virtuous work God wishes you were doing?

Jesus’ answer was so straightforward, so simple, that it goes against the grain of our merit-based cultural thinking. “The work of God is this: to believe.” That’s all. This is the occupation He calls us to. Just to believe in Him.

How could it possibly be so uncomplicated? Aren’t there a bunch of other things we’re supposed to be doing? Works we’re supposed to be working? Deeds we’re supposed to be performing? Bibles we’re supposed to be reading? Hours of church attendance and spiritual disciplines we’re supposed to be logging? Checks we’re supposed to be writing? Souls we’re supposed to be winning?

Hear it again. Our occupation is this: to believe on Him. Do you realize that this is how Jesus lived too? He clearly explained the way He functioned: “The Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10, NKJV). In other words, Daddy does everything. I just yield to Him.

Our spiritual growth is all about looking more and more unto the Lord. As we do, the roots of our faith are going down deeper and deeper into His love. As we do, we are beholding Him more and more. As we do, He is doing the works. He is. That’s why He gets all the glory.

For example, did someone get encouraged by an email you wrote? Daddy did that. He gave you the words. He gave you the wisdom. He gave you the inspiration. He gave you the oxygen to breathe while you were typing. He gave your muscle strength so you could sit up and hit the keys. He made sure your neurons were firing. He flowed through you with His Spirit, putting it all together in your mind.

Did you pray today? Daddy put the desire in you for that. He is drawing you near to Himself. Did you notice something good growing in your life? Daddy did that. He gives the growth. Did you get ahead in some area where you had been behind? Daddy did that too.

You get the idea. Of course, this does not mean that we are going to retire decades early and spend our earthly existence in a hammock… because, after all, Daddy is going to do everything. On the contrary! The more He does the works in us, the more fruitful our lives become. Consider Paul’s words: “I worked harder than all of them — yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Cor. 15:10, NIV).

That was not false modesty. Paul knew, all the way to his very core, that it simply was not him. It was God doing the works in Him. And God was doing them so efficiently that it manifested in joyful, arduous labor. Countless churches planted. Innumerable unbelievers brought into the Kingdom. Timeless epistles penned that would continue to bear mind-blowing fruit all the way up until the coming of the Lord.

It wasn’t him. Daddy did it all. Paul’s job was simply to believe… to rest in trust… and to allow his loving Master to do everything He wanted to do through His willing vessel.

We are not called to strain and strive. Hard, painful toil was Adam’s curse that Jesus died to free us from. We are not called to get red in the face trying to muster up good works for God. Rather, we are called to abide in Him, in the Vine. The Vine will produce abundant, rich fruit through our lives as we do so.

The disciples who enter fully into this revelation will operate exclusively through the power of Holy Spirit. They will believe and fully understand that Daddy is constantly, mightily at work on the inside of them. They will cease from their own labors, and His will begin to flow through them like an ebullient, unstoppable tide.

Precious one, listen one more time, from your deepest heart:

“Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.’” (John 6:29, NLT).

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Have you ever dealt with that nagging question, “What does God want me to be doing?”

12 thoughts on “The Only Work That God Wants

  1. Jennifer, I am reading a book given to me by one of the pastors at the church I attend. It is titled ” DONE ” . Throughout this reading it emphasizes the work we try to do daily to please God and be accepted. Even before coming to Jesus, I so recall striving to be accepted and please others. This is a natural thing. The struggle continues, though I know the truth from God’s word and messages such as yours. To view, understand and accept that what I DO all day and every day, is from the Spirit within, is most challenging. Two things come to mind. The pride within the flesh wants credit ! To know and do the will of God, demands that I be in right relationship with Him. My aim is to focus on what Jesus did [obey the Father] and give thanks for what He is doing in me. Amen Len

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    1. That book sounds wonderfully full of liberating truth! It really is true that ackowledging that God does all the work as we yield to Him is a growth process in humility, one of THE most important qualities we will ever develop in. Father, do Your work in our hearts!

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  2. That is a more nagging question today during this crisis. When we cannot be out and about or meeting someone face to face for coffee, the best we can do is reach out with texts and phone calls to one another. Or zoom meetings! But we need to stay connected with one another especially with our brothers and sisters in CHRIST! Let us persevere and encourage one another. Blessings to you and thank you for this post!

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    1. You are so very welcome, dear Maxine! Boy do I hear you. I, too, have asked Him if I’m doing everything He wants me to right now. You know how the posts He give us to share flow out of what He’s teaching us? Yep 🙂 This message is for me! Much love to you, my sister, and may Holy Spirit encourage your heart mightily through this season!

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  3. For YEARS… I was afraid of what I knew was my calling; what I was supposed to be doing. I didn’t feel worthy or capable. I didn’t understand this very thing: that it simply required believing, surrendering and submitting to His will. I still struggle some. Lord, helped my unbelief! I DO believe. But still let myself get in the way. Pray fir me please. I love you and your beautiful heart so me. He flows through you so beautifully Jennifer!

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    1. Saying a prayer for you right now, precious sister. You are so deeply, deeply loved! It really is a process in all of our lives, to learn this lesson more and more deeply. I bless you with so much grace as you lean into His strengthening! Big hug! ❤

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