He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 42: A Life Lived in Trust
The apostle John told us that that was the secret to living in this kingdom. He said he wrote his gospel so that those who read it would "believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:30-31).
We have cheapened this verse with the popular notion that believing Jesus is the Christ is an affirmation of correct doctrine. If one gives mental assent to the fact that Jesus is the Christ then one has his life. That's not what John was talking about. The word we translate believe is simply the verb form of faith. Perhaps the word trust would bring out his fuller meaning.
John was not encouraging people to confess the right creed, but inviting them to learn what God started to teach us in the Garden-how to trust him completely. John chose the events he did from Jesus' life so that we might be stirred to trust who he is and by living in that trust every day, to experience the life of God. We don't enter into this kingdom by a sinner's prayer, going forward at a religious gathering or reciting an orthodox creed but by learning to trust who he is and by living in that trust every day.
Those who do, discover God's life, even here in a broken and fallen world. What God accomplished in Christ on the cross not only defeated our sin but allows us to build a life of trust. He loves you absolutely and completely and will every day of your life on this planet and into the age to come.
The moment Jesus yielded to death on the cross God's victory over sin and death was assured. What happened three days later only ratified the work he'd already finished. God raised him from the dead because he had already conquered it in his wholehearted trust in his Father and thus became the firstborn of a whole new race of men and women.
Now we can live as loved people. No longer oppressed by the need to appease God we are free to live in his love and as we'll see, that can completely transform everything about the way we think and live.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20