FAITH TAKES WORK
““‘Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do, to be doing the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’” (Jn 6: 27-29)
When the Lord says, “Do not work for the food that perishes,” He is not calling us to quit our jobs. But He is calling us to do all our work, regardless of our occupation, as being “for the food which endures to eternal life,” and not merely “for the food which perishes.” In other words, whatever “work” I happen to be doing, it is all to be focused on contributing to my growth in faith, and also on the growth in faith of others around me. Because faith takes work. And the kind of “work” Christ is talking about takes faith.
How do we “work” this “work of God,” of building up our faith “in Him whom He has sent” into our lives? We do this by shedding the light of Christ’s presence and of His word onto every little circumstance of our daily work, enlightening even those jobs that may seem “meaningless,” say, when we’re sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer all day, processing data for some large company that does God-knows-what. As many of us do. With a prayer in our hearts and perhaps an occasional look at a little icon we have in our cubicle; or with a brief look at the daily Scripture-reading of our Church, which we might “chew on” in our thoughts throughout our schedule; or perhaps even by taking some time every day to journal about our spiritual ups and downs (also regarding our interactions with people at work and at home) in a daily journal, we can always be “working” at building up our faith, which fills all our ups and downs with meaning and purpose. Let me be “doing the works of God” today, whatever my occupation, because my Lord is an Employer Who always has “work” for me, full of meaning and purpose.