Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Wednesday, February 10
A few years ago, I had the privilege of spending time with Dr. Kenneth Ulmer who serves a church in Los Angeles. He told the story about being in college and taking a course but never showing up for class except on the first day and the last day of it.
The whole grade for the class was one paper that the students would work on all semester. Dr. Ulmer had always been a great student, and he decided he didn’t need to go to class. He would just interpret the syllabus for himself and what the paper needed to be about.
So the semester passed and he turned in his paper when it was due. He then showed up on the last day to get it back. The paper had some notes scrawled at the top of it by the professor – “Excellent writing, clear line of thinking, good content, fine argument, not the assignment – F.”
There are a lot of people in our world dreaming big, working hard, and “writing their papers.” But is it the assignment?
There are far better things to do with our lives than striving to succeed in things that don’t really matter.
One of the assignments God has given us is to trust in His Son.
How’s the assignment going?
Good news! If we’re flunking it these days, God is a patient teacher.
He’s not going to revoke the assignment, but He’s eager to give us a fresh start today!
Grace and peace,