Today's verses are John 6:29,30: "Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'  So they said to him,"Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you?  What work do you perform?'" My child, I had told these people that they should not labor for food that doesn't last.  They should not focus on the things of this world that have no eternal value.  Their eyes should be fixed on heaven, not on the the things of this world.

But they completely misunderstood what I was saying.  They wanted me to give them works that they could perform that would lead to eternal life.  That is the basis of self-righteousness.  Humans desire to determine laws and works that they can perform before my Father in heaven that will make them righteous in his eyes.  They want a checklist they can do so they can feel righteous before my Father.

I told them something that is true for all people for all times.  The one work that is required by my Father in heaven for righteousness is that they, and you believe, that I am the Messiah.  The one work required for eternal salvation is that you believe I died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sin.  The one work required for entrance into heaven and a relationship with my Father forever is that you trust in my completed work on the cross to give you your eternal righteousness.

Actually, it is the hardest of all possible works.  You do not see me, yet you are still called to believe in me.  Though I did not walk the earth in your days and you never saw me in human flesh, yet you are called to believe and trust in me.  This is especially hard in those days when pain increases, you can't see your next step, you feel deserted and unloved, when life makes no sense and you have to struggle just to make it through the day.  To cling to faith when everything around you is dark and murky is the hardest work possible!

But that is what I call you to do.  I ask you to follow me by faith, not by sight.  I ask you to love me as I love you, though you've never seen me.  I want you to believe that I am always with you, every day of your life.  Your faith in me demands total trust and complete dependence.

I know it's hard some days.  In this world you will have tribulations.  It is a broken, fallen world. But rejoice, I have overcome the world.  I am your strength and shield.  Make me your life's desire.  Work hard to believe in me.

You can trust me today.