Tag Archives: Dependence

What is the Goal?

It seems modern evangelicalism has come to a place of encouraging people to pursue life-change as a goal, and that closeness to Jesus would be the fruit.

What I’m learning is that the early church (many of whom actually knew Jesus) was called explicitly to pursue Jesus as the goal, and knowing that any fruit of obedience was from Him, through Him, and to Him.

“Come ye, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.  I always considered that to be only an evangelistic statement.  I think maybe Jesus meant it to be his daily banner over me.  Daily rest in the unmerited grace of Jesus.  How many people are experiencing that?  It’s actually pretty counter-cultural these days.

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“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”” (John 6:28–29 ESV)

“Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”” (John 6:27–29 ESV)