Words from the Heart for Monday May 17th, 2021
They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
John 6:28-29 (NLT)
Canada’s first large Protestant communities were formed in the Maritimes after the arrival of the British. Unable to convince enough British immigrants to go to the region, the government decided to import Protestants from Germany and Switzerland to populate the region to counterbalance the Roman Catholic Acadians. This effort proved successful and today in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia there are many Lutheran Churches. After the Expulsion of the Acadians beginning in 1755, a large number of New England Planters settled on the vacated lands.
The Bible teaches us to work. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 teaches that “if a man will not work, he will not eat.” This Kingdom of God principle has led to what has been called “the Protestant work ethic.” Christians are known to be hard workers – just look at how busy people are at church. Christians tend to prosper in many ways as they live out their faith in everyday life, including at work. All of this is ironic, because the foundation of the Christian faith is not work, but faith. As usual, the upside-down Kingdom of God clarifies this in the words of Jesus in John 6:28-29: “They replied, ‘We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?’ Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.’” I love this Kingdom of God principle – our work is faith. Our work is trust. Jesus has done the heavy lifting, to use a worldly term. He went to the Cross and by His death our sins can be forgiven – by faith. When it comes to our redemption our only task is to believe in the work Jesus did for us on the Cross.
These have been words from the heart.