26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” 28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
After Jesus left the multitude they found Him across the sea and followed Him there. When they found Him they asked Jesus how He got across without a boat. Jesus did not answer their question, instead He revealed their hearts. David asked the Lord to search him and to know his heart, to try him and to know his thoughts. The Lord does know our deepest thoughts and the true issues of our hearts.
How often do we let the Lord probe the deepest part of our thoughts and motivations? Are we as surface-focused as the people who pursued Jesus across the sea? Is our desire for Christ focused on what He can do for us to meet our temporal needs? Our Lord wants to address our deeper issues. He knows them. He has valuable instruction for our hearts and lives. Let’s stop focusing on the surface issues, which He has already promised to care for, and bring Christ in to the deeper levels of our lives. It is there we will really appreciate His insight and instruction.
After Jesus gave them personal instruction it seems like the crowd turned a corner of understanding. They did not ask for breakfast or for lunch but asked how they could do the works of God. This is a better question and reveals that they were listening. But again, we see the emptiness of religion for the question was wrapped up in works of the flesh. “What can we do?”
Jesus’ answer to their question shows the life-long need of us all, He wants us to believe in Him and in God who sent Him. So many people, even some of us, have asked God what we could do for Him. We wanted His salvation but just assumed that a price tag of works accompanied it. So we have asked, “what can we do for God?” Jesus wants us to believe that He is God. He changed the words saying that the work of God is faith in Him. Faith is the issue. Do we believe that God is and that God has a perfect and complete plan for our lives in Him? Are we focused on life and eternity in Him? How is your work of faith?