Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
We have to work for a living, work at our talents, and work to achieve a goal, but the work required to enter the family of God is simple, not accomplished by sweat, anxiety, or physical strength. Just this: Believe.
Paul says it this way in Romans 12:2...
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Believing in Jesus starts with a change in the way we think and believe, and that will lead to changes in our physical work as well as we then...learn to know God’s will... which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Believe? That’s it? That’s all? No out of pocket expense, required mission trip, no living like a monk? Just believe in him whom he has sent. That’s sounds easy because it is.
What is interesting to me is that right now in this day and age in America we are the most easily accessible to God generation there has ever been. There isn’t anyone who isn’t aware of him. The Good News isn’t limited to just word of mouth communication. There are TVs, radios, aps, audio Bibles, Bibles in every font and language, missions organizations with jets and humvees. It is pretty easy to become a Christian right now in our part of the world.
However, coinciding with these conditions is also an incredible rise in evil too. Paul warns in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, “In the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.”
I can’t imagine what it would be like to have the increase in evil without the increase in technology. Romans 5:6 says that “at just the right time, Christ died for us sinners.” I believe at just the right time Bible aps and podcasts were invented so that God’s Word could be easily accessed in a day and age that proves Jesus is returning soon!
People still have time to change the way they think and to simply believe. There’s even a tutorial for it!
I thank you so much that being part of your family didn’t require massive amounts of intelligence or strength on my part or I would be out of luck! I thank you for your Son. I thank you for the day and age I live in where I can read about you for myself and not have to wait for some scribe to travel through my town. I thank you that your Word is on my phone, in my car, on my coffee table, and even in the songs on my iPod. I can literally think about you all day. That’s easy - easy like simply believing in your Son with no hidden requirements. I love you and thank you for everything you do at just the right time! Amen.