John 6-11- "Does having faith take work?"

Looking back at my notes for the week, I noticed I did the most writing on Tuesday, chapter 6.
If you have a day where you wrote a lot of notes, I would love to hear them!!

I think that John 6 is one of the hardest chapters of the whole gospel!  There are a lot of theological points one can dive into.  Apparently, I am not the only one who thought there were some hard concepts there. People of that time were so put off by what Jesus said, they stopped following him (vs.66).
The verses that really stood out to me was, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will...give you.", "Then they asked him, 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." (6:27-29)
I think it's interesting that Jesus uses the words "The work of God is this: to believe..."  We all know that "works" don't get us into heaven.  It's purely by the grace of God that we are saved through what Jesus did.
That said, I think Jesus was right when he said it takes work to believe. Wouldn't you agree that maintaining belief requires "mental work" at times?  Well, speaking for myself, I have had to give myself a lot of pep-talks (mental work) to remind myself of my belief.

When I'm worried= Why are you worried? God is in control!
When I am mad= Remeber, what Jesus did for you!
When I am grief stricken= God loves you, don't forget he has a plan for you.

I naturally have a lot of emotions and it takes work to bring them under control, reminding myself of the belief I have in an all-powerful, loving God.

I love how Jesus, immediately after saying our work is to believe, tells of the rewards in doing so.  "Whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (vs. 35) That is so true!  As I have believed over the years, I have felt very "full", never feeling thirsty for something else.  I am content, at peace and looking forward to the day that Jesus talks about when he says, "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." (vs. 40)
Believing is the best "work" ever!!


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