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Lenten Devotional: Mar 14

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Today’s texts: Genesis 48:8-22; Romans 8:11-25; John 6:27-40

Working for God (John 6:27-40)

Many of us, especially as Asian Americans, resonate with John 6:28, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” (NIV).  We have a strong work ethic and often carry out extensive ministry.  We get caught up with tons of never-ending service for God inside and outside the church.  We sense that God requires even more of us so we get caught on the treadmill of good works. Of course service is not wrong in itself and often produces great results.  However, if its primary aim is to achieve a level that God might require and even accept, then we have the wrong starting point.

Note Jesus’ reply to these followers and to us, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  Jesus turns the work into faith.  We are invited to exercise the muscle of belief.  This trust in the Lord is the important starting point to any service. As we come to the Lord he purifies our motives for service, and gives us direction where, when, and who we are to serve.

In this passage Jesus identifies himself as “the bread of life.”  He is the one to whom we go for life and fulfillment.  We come to the Lord who promises that we will not go spiritually hungry and find soul satisfaction in Him.  This is the foundation of our service for God.  What better way to work for God than when we are filled with the life of Christ?
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Daniel Wong

Dr. Daniel L. Wong is Assistant Professor in Christian Ministries at Tyndale University College, Toronto.  Previous to this, he served as an English Ministry pastor in two Chinese churches for a total of eighteen years

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