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.”
Jesus fed the 5,000 and walked on water. What does this mean for students of this Teacher?
Must a student attempt to duplicate these mighty works? If so, there have been no successful students of Jesus, because nobody has ever produced the scope and magnitude of the miracles He so easily performed.
Instead, Jesus says the work of a student is to believe in Him. Trust in His power to change everything.
Naturally, students of Jesus want to follow the teacher in compassionately serving others. The life of a student is an active one. A life filled with good works.
But according to the Teacher, the primary work of His students is to believe in Him.
This is the lesson all the miracles of Jesus teach.
What if this singular truth is missed?
Doesn’t religion become an endless series of human efforts to change things, ourselves and those around us? Christianity becomes puny and powerless, because it becomes our efforts, even if we attach His name to it.
For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
This is the very work of God. For God seeks to change the world through His Son. This then is the student’s work too – to believe in Jesus who opens for us a new life only He can create.