John 3:16 (AMP) “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 is probably the most well-known and highly exploited Bible verse of all time. Rightly so – it is the basis of the new life given to us by God through His Son, Jesus. For God SO greatly loved and dearly prized the world or at least the people who comprised it that He gave His One and Only Son to secure eternity with us. Overwhelming to think that the One who is perfect and Creator of all is interested in loving and living in me. So much so that it is easier to leave Him outside of our heart or in a tightly sealed box marked “In Case of Emergency”. The context of the scripture is lost without the phrase “so that whoever believes and trusts in Him”. Do you trust the Lord today? I know what you are thinking. It’s complicated. My life is complex. How can you trust God forever if you cannot trust Him for today?
Belief is validated by trust. Trust is evidence of belief. The two partners are important factors to walking in our destiny. Jesus doesn’t live in our church building. He lives inside of us. He is not a feeling or emotion. Human beings are plagued by enough of those. Jesus makes his home inside our heart and waits patiently for our belief to produce trust in our life. Simple trust. Profound gestures of daily removal of doubt. Quenching of fear, stress and anxiety under the overflow of His Spirit in our life. To boldly and confidently pursue goals, dreams and purpose fully knowing He who promised will complete it in us changes our approach to life completely. Or at least it should…
It breaks my heart to hear stories of encounters with Christians in life that do not resemble the representation in church. The reality is the authenticity of Jesus cannot be clearly magnified without absolute and total belief that leads us to absolute and total trust. Such a life changes who we are from the inside out and His Light will shine from us.
John 3:21 (AMP) But whoever practices truth[and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].”
When I decided that I wanted “more faith”, I had no idea what I was asking. Faith requires the abandonment of self to fully embrace Jesus Christ including trusting Him. Faith grows through impossible opportunities. For the last two decades, I cried out for “more faith” and kept facing more challenges and trials. It was after our son’s cancer miracle that I realized I have faith and the price paid for it. Trusting Jesus for a miracle is fueled by desperation and usually a devastating circumstance or condition. We have faced such things. Now, I must learn to trust Him with more to grow my faith which I need to please God.
Simple trust. We must learn to practice the Truth. To do what is right morally, ethically, and spiritually is an excellent beginning which allows His Light to shine forth. However, it is not enough. I must continually dig in the Word to find a deeper level of understanding of my new life in Christ and what the Kingdom looks like to secure it in my life which is always a step away from human understanding and natural choices. Jesus is the Word. (John 1:14) He came wrapped in flesh to demonstrate God’s Love for us. His Spirit now lives in those who call on His Name. Trust is the product of faith that decides to believe God’s Word and pursue it fully.
John 8:31-32 (AMP) So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”
Can I let you in on a little secret? I am a control freak. I am not sure when it began but it is daily laid on the altar. Through our son’s journey, I realized that everything I thought I had control over – I really had zero control over the things that mattered. It broke me, friend. It was through the process of healing the year after he went into full remission that I realized I wanted “more faith” and I wanted to “trust Him more” but I wasn’t giving Him my all. I was loving God and trusting the Lord at a distance. The process of growing continues in my daily offering of control to Jesus. Fear, worry, stress and anxiety are control issues that arise from doubt hidden deep in the recesses of our heart where the Light of His Love has not penetrated yet. We must welcome the Lord to come closer and learn to trust Him more. Simple trust. In every situation with everything even those things called small and insignificant. Why?
We must learn to simply trust Him. It is salvation to our souls. To be the “whosoever trusts Him” will require learning to do so day by day until stepping into eternity meeting Him on the other side. Until then, He promises those who trust Him will find love, joy, peace and rest. So the journey continues to learn to trust Him more…
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP) Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].