Have you ever wondered what it really means to believe in Jesus?
Does it mean to believe that He lived two thousand years ago?
That He was a great teacher?
Even that He was the greatest man who ever lived?
Is that what John 3:16 means?
Believe is defined: to accept something as true, genuine, or real.
I believe that a good synonym or definition for believe is – trust.
Because I believe we can believe without trust, but we cannot trust without believing.
When we trust something or someone we place our confidence and hope in them.
Trusting Jesus is putting our confidence in His death as the payment for our sins, and
our hope in His resurrection that by God’s grace our relationship with God is restored eternally.
Trust changes us.
Placing our trust in Jesus understands that there is nothing we can do to make us good enough
to pay for our own sins; nor is there a request so great that we would ever deny Him.
Trust embraces us.
God surrounds us with His grace and mercy,
fills us with His Spirit,
and increases our ability to trust Him.
Trust defines us.
Rev and I wrote our statement of faith and trust the other night.
It reads as follows:
I trust that God’s way as it is revealed in the Bible is the best way to live my life,
and I will by His grace seek to honor and obey Him in all things.
I will trust that any and all bad things that happen in my life
can and will be used for my good and His glory.
I will trust Him forever and always.
Grant dear Lord that I may honor this vow.
In Jesus name. Amen.