““This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”” (John 6:29 ESV)
What is the work that we need to be doing? That is the same question that was asked of Jesus in John 6:29. His answer? Be disciplined, work hard, feed the poor, love the unloveable, memorize the scriptures? No. All of these are good things, but they are secondary things. The work we need to be doing in our faith is belief: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” The real battle for us is to remember and rely upon the seemingly unbelievable good news of the Gospel – that a good and all powerful God has made a way for rebellious creatures to return and be reconciled with Him. We don’t forget this in our minds, but the glory of God & His gospel readily creeps out of our hearts.
Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives by Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation helps us to remember the staggering promises of the gospel by providing short, gospel saturated daily devotions that are aimed at penetrating the reader’s heart. Paul Tripp, Ed Welch, Timothy S. Lane, William Smith, Michael Emlet, David Powlison and others share profoundly practical & impactful truths on subjects that include fear & anxiety, anger, contentment, faith, relationships, stress, suffering, identity and trials & suffering. If you find yourself in the battle for belief, then Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives is an excellent resource to help you on your journey. It is available from New Growth Press at their online store, Amazon or WTS Books. You can sign up to win a free copy here.