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    The Million Dollar Question
     By Jill Beran

    Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." John 6:29

    "What should I do?" was a question I asked as my senior year approached. I was still looking for an answer when my college career came to a close. Holding my first child created similar thoughts and now, in the midst of raising teenagers I find myself wondering the same. 

    Through the years, I've come up with many different answers to this million dollar question, but recently I found the no-fail answer! Friend, if you've found yourself asking this question no matter your age or your season of life, this answer is for you!

    We find it in God's Word. In John 6:28, we realize others have asked a similar question. Here we read of a crowd asking Jesus, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

    We aren't the only ones who've wondered what we need to do. Others have been in our shoes. Wanting to do what God asks is important, but the desire alone is not enough. We must know what the action is. 

    The interesting thing is: the action might not be what you expect. Through the years when this type of question has entered my mind, my answers often involved a role and sometimes even a job. But Jesus looks at it from a different perspective. His answer isn't limited by a season of life and won't change as the years go by. 

    Regardless of why we find ourselves wondering what we should do, the work remains the same. In John 6:29, Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." 

    Friend, God has specific callings for each and every one of us, but our work is the same… we are to believe in Jesus the One He sent. 

    This belief not only leads to eternal life (John 3:16), but also negates anxiety, provides power and equips us. I think back to when I previously asked this question and know Jesus' answer would have put things in a different perspective. 

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