The writer of Ecclesiastes summed up life under the Old Covenant this way:
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.)
Jesus told us succinctly what is expected of us under the New Covenant:
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.” (John 6:28-29.)
Old: fear God and keep his commandments.
New: believe in Jesus.
There’s a big difference, isn’t there. We are no longer told to keep God’s commandments. And here’s why: Jesus has done that for us. Every single one of the commandments has been perfectly obeyed, carried out by Jesus on our behalf.
So all we have to do now to do God’s work is believe.
Simple, right? What might be keeping you from this?