I have been the subject of many discipleship experiments. Many great men have taken me under their wing for spiritual growth and maturity, and I am thankful for each of them. But, discipleship without relationship quickly succumbs to the slippery slope of checklists. The message that gets picked up by many young believers is, “If you want to be a good Christian, then…”
- Do this
- Do that
- Do these
- Do those
- Do memorize
- Do read
- Do attend
- Do it again
- Oh, and don’t do this, that, these, or those.
And the checklist of the Christian faith begins to pile up until it seems we can’t see Jesus for all the jobs we have to do for Him.
Measuring up to the expectations of others can be a crushing weight.
So what is it that God expects from us? How long is His list? How heavy is the burden He places upon those who would follow Him?
In John chapter 6, we are privileged to actually discover the answer to this question:
John 6:26-29 (NIV)
26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
I am so thankful to discover God’s checklist in the scriptures. Now I can finally get it right and measure up!
The checklist of God for mankind:
What? What else? There has to be more to do. Where is my “this, that, these, and those?”
Leave it to Jesus to make the Christian faith so complicatedly simple. Actually, He makes it simple, and we make it complicated!
I understand there is much work to do in the Kingdom of God, and I believe faith will lead us to a lifestyle of good works. But, I have observed the confusion of those who behave as though good works will lead to a life of faith. That mindset leaves people hard hearted, religious, and bitter.
Would you dare to embrace the checklist of God today? It could get adventurous in a hurry!
Jesus said it best in Mark 9:23
“Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Do you believe that?
Follow the link to access this Sunday’s message “The Work of God” from John Chapter 6.
Bonus Post: Click here to explore a word study from John 6:26-30.
Mindy spoke yesterday about a wonderful website. Follow this link to watch salvations occur in real time around the globe!
On the Radar
Our Lifegroups will kick off the Fall Semester on Wednesday, August 19th, at 7:00 pm, and our children will begin their new semester of Wednesday evening Kids’ Church the same night. Make plans to take part of the “life” in our Lifegroups!
School is just around the corner, and Sweetwater Aglow is hosting their annual Back To School Prayer Walk this Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 pm, at Lighthouse Assembly (on Newman Street). Make plans to come pray for our schools!
Our youth will meet for an on-site Bible study this Wednesday. We will meet at 6:00 pm at the church, travel together to a surprise location, and return to the church by 8:45 pm. Check out the new youth website at www.efcyouth.com for more info!
Are you a new member at EFC? Interested in joining and partnering with us? We invite you to attend a Membership Dessert next Monday, August 17, at 7:00 pm. Childcare will be available.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “We Cry Out” by Kim Walker
- “Mighty To Save” by Matt Redmand
- “Healer” (Here is a great video of the Kari Jobe version.)
- “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan
Next Sunday is the third Sunday of the month. We will be celebrating our Missions Sunday. We will also continue our series “That’s My King!” from the book of John.
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