“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.” – Mother Teresa
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So they said to Jesus, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
I am no expert on languages but we know that Jesus spoke in the ancient Aramaic language.
From what I understand, it is difficult to translate many of the original words into English.
There are no corresponding words that capture the depth of meanings.
In my opinion, it makes no sense that Jesus was saying in today’s scripture verses that you simply must believe he is Divine or, as many see it, the Son of God.
I would say that Jesus of Nazareth was stating that you must believe in him in the sense that you accept all that he taught and all that he did and that you then follow.
He wanted us to live out his teachings and do what he practiced.
Simply believing some mental construct in and of itself accomplishes nothing.
When the people asked Jesus, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”, Jesus wanted people to follow in his footsteps, to be his hands and feet.
This is how the works of God are accomplished.
This is how God’s kingdom will come on earth as in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
Simply believing concepts as in agreeing that they are true results in little to nothing.
As it states elsewhere in scripture, “Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).
And also, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves” (James 1:22).
And what does Jesus teach us to do?
To be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
To love God and neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-39).
To love your enemies (Matthew 5:44).
And to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned (Matthew 25).
This requires a lot of letting go of ego-centered desires.
It takes dying to the ego-generated false self so that the true self can be actualized.
This is the path to life to the full.
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