AN EPIPHANY AT PANERA

I was sitting in Panera this morning munching on a bagel and sipping coffee while reading John chapter 6, when I came across this:

 

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”            

In spite of the loud talker sitting in the booth behind me, God seemed to prompt me to pause and think about wonderful thing Jesus said.

 

God is not looking for us to do any heavy spiritual lifting, good deeds involving tremendous sacrifice, mortifying feats of contrition, or a set of religious rituals that would impress Mother Teresa.

 

All he is looking for us to do is believe in his Son. Our spiritual striving can cease. All we need to do is simply trust in the sacrificial death of Christ and his bodily resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins. Wow! That my friend is GRACE! And for that I am eternally thankful.

 

Peace,

Dave