The basis of any, and I do mean ANY, healthy relationship is trust. Parent to child, child to parent, friend to friend, spouse to spouse, teammates to one other, coach to player, boss to employee and vice versa. We begin a “trust walk” in every relationship we have. In a healthy relationship, we do not doubt our counterpart; we believe the best about them. We put our faith in that person and that relationship. Then, we pour love and time into that relationship. We work on that relationship. We instinctively do this! And we hope the other person is thinking and doing the same for us. Why, then, do we do the opposite with our heavenly Father?
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
What? You mean my feeding the poor and keeping a clean house and attending Bible study and making cookies for my widowed neighbor don’t please God? And my not cussing, not disobeying my parents, not watching porn, not spending all of my paycheck on lottery tickets, and not drinking too much aren’t enough?
Isaiah 64:6 (NIV)
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
The lists above of good works and avoided sinful behaviors are good lists! However, “We think that more right behavior and less wrong behavior equals godliness” (The Cure). What must come first is faith. We must believe, trust, have confidence in and a conviction about who God is. We must have a “trust walk” with Jesus. The authors of The Cure put it this way: “When our main motive becomes trusting God, we suddenly discover there is nothing in the world that pleases him more. Until you trust God, nothing you do will please God.”
God wants us to live our life from the place of trusting him, not pleasing him. It involves risk. Taking a step toward God. Grabbing Jesus’ hand without knowing where he is taking you. Saying “I do” to your spouse was not a small risk either; yet, if married, you did do just that. How much more wonderful and adventurous is this life with Jesus, who has all knowledge, knows the way, has the best plan, and is walking each and every step with you? Once we trust him, the desire to please him and the opportunity to serve him will follow.
Trusting God is the first step in each believer’s journey. Will you place your trust in him?
If you have never placed your faith in Jesus, are you ready to do that now? Who will you share your decision with?
If you have been a Christ follower and feel like you are far from God or in a dry spiritual place, think back to the first time you heard the Good News and said, “Yes, I believe!” Renew your decision!
If you just made a decision to trust Jesus, tell someone! Attend GrowthTrack at any campus. But consider your motive: are you doing this because you trust God or because you are earning favor?
Write out Hebrews 11:6 and place it somewhere you will see it throughout the day/week. Use this as a reminder to live from approval, not for approval.
Heavenly Father, you have placed before me the opportunity to make a choice: I have reached a fork in the road. Help me to trust you fully. Help me to place my faith in you and not to rely solely on my works. What Jesus did on the cross was free me from the power of sin. I trust in you and you alone for my salvation, and I do good things in your name to bring you glory. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Roehl. Julie loves God’s Word and CedarCreek and is so very grateful for the love and grace of Jesus. She enjoys grammar, traveling, and tennis. She is married to John, and they are blessed with 7 children.
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