February 18, 2020

The Work of God

[1]Then they asked Him, “What are we to do, so that we may habitually be doing the works of God?” [2]Jesus answered, “This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent. (John 6:28-29 AMP)

As church workers and leaders we are often very busy in our congregations. If not mindful we find the works of the Church spilling into our Sunday worship. For example, the wardens may be tinkering with the heating, the treasurer may be reviewing the weekly finances, the secretary may be opening mail, and volunteers maybe preparing for coffee-hour all while the Service is ongoing.

For those of us who are physically in the Service, the busyness of our mind on the works of the Church can be a major distraction. We may be wondering whether the Altar is set properly, or why the Choir members did not show up, or when our organization should meet or who should be collecting for fundraisers.

In many cases we are conflating the works of the Church with the work of God and busyness in Church with the work of God. In the John 6:28-29 verses, the question is asked “what are we to do so we may habitually be doing the works of God”. The response in scripture is consistently clear on the work of God, it is that “we believe, [trust in, adhere to, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent”.

As workers and leaders, are we individually practicing principles of daily prayer, bible study, active corporate worship and observing our sabbath to continuously build our faith in Jesus? Are we extending these principles to our congregational life, starting and ending meetings with prayers, treating our fellow workers as brothers and sisters in Christ, seeking to resolve conflict, and being good role models for stewardship and evangelism to encourage each other in our faith.

Let us prayerfully pursue the work of God to enhance our work in the church.

This blog is part of a series for the Good Book Club. Learn more about the Good Book Club here.

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