People who try to work their way to Heaven often ask, “What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” (John 6:28).
It was also asked in various ways by men in the New Testament, and it is vitally important to get the correct answer to such questions there, and nowhere else.
For example, a rich young ruler once asked Jesus, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered “Go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor… and come, take up the cross, and follow me” (Mark 10:17,21).
That is, there is nothing of his own that one can bring to Christ to earn salvation. One must simply be willing to yield himself fully to Christ.
A lawyer had asked Jesus the same question, “tempting Him.” This time His answer was: “You shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
But this standard is humanly unattainable by any human being. So in effect, the lawyer was told it was impossible for him to do anything himself to inherit eternal life.
When the crowd asked Peter on the Pentecost, “pricked in their heart” because they had crucified Christ, “What shall we do,” Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized… in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:37-38).
What they had to “do” was an inward act of repentance and faith toward Christ and an outwards public testimony demonstrating the reality of that inward change of heart and mind.
Years later at Philippi, a jailer asked Paul the apostle one night, “What must I do to be saved?”
The answer was simply: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved” (Acts1 6:30-31).
This is God’s message to us — from all of these Bible accounts. You and I can’t work out a way to heaven. Christ alone could make the way. For He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
That is the work of God, to believe in Him who was sent to be the Savior.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church,12721 – 75th Street. North, Stillwater MN 55082 or call 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net