Christians often talk about “doing the Lord’s work” or “serving God”, but what is the ultimate work of God? Jesus provides us with a definition that may surprise you.
John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
The primary “work” that anyone can be a part of is believing on Jesus Christ. Now, this may bother some Christians who are familiar with Ephesians 2:8-9, which teaches that salvation is “not of works”. However, the immediate context in John sheds light on this.
Jesus had been speaking about miracles and everlasting life, which are supernatural works. He is telling His disciples that the greatest supernatural work that God accomplishes is the salvation of a soul which comes through faith in Jesus. The key is this: It is God’s work; not ours.
God is in the business of saving souls. If we are going to do the work of God, that better be our business too.