How does one trust in Jesus?
I believe we are all born with a yearning inside, every one of us, for the Creator. Some try to fill that yearning with different things (money, men/women, kids, knowledge etc.). But the only thing that fits that empty spot inside us is Jesus. And He promises in His word that He will reveal Himself to every man. "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse" Romans 1:20. This is the work of the Holy Spirit calling you, applying pressure to seek God. I believe the next step in coming to know that you need Jesus is seeing Jesus and God for who they are. Once we know who God is and what He did thru Jesus, and I mean know and believe with our heart…we can’t help but call out to Him because we see our sins and life compared to a perfect God, a perfect God that loves us, and we are humbled. Thru that humility our heart is softened, our pride is gone, our need is exposed and we are ready to accept the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
So let me tell you a little about who God is. He created all. I mean all. Read the first 2 chapters of Genesis (first book of the bible), and see how He did it. He just spoke it and it happened. I mean literally said, “Let there be light” and it was so. If He can just speak things into existence then how could we ever question His ability to handle us or our lives? In Romans 5:8 it says, “Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.” So think about this…He loved us while we were spitting on Him, beating Him with an instrument designed to rip flesh off, lying about Him, rejecting His love, slapping Him, humiliating Him, turning our backs to His pain and ultimately killing Him, yet He had the power to speak whatever He wanted and it would happen. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time loving someone that has only lied about me, and if I had that kind of power…wow would I be dangerous. So let your mind sit in this place for a minute…yeah, He loves you that much.
His love for us is beyond what we can comprehend, His power is beyond what we can imagine, and His patience is beyond human possibility. So that is God in a very small nutshell. He loves us, He is capable of anything, and He is perfect. I don’t measure up…I don’t even qualify to get on the scales.
This is the part I was saying humbles you.
(“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10)
Now for the next step in this process... Once you see yourself against the backdrop of God’s perfection and realize that you are not worthy, or able to be in His presence, you have to realize that there is way to be His child. He made that way thru suffering and enduring. Romans 6:23 tells us that the cost to pay for your sin and mine is death. That’s it. There is no other way. I still stand empty.
Ok here’s the suffering and enduring part, Jesus which is God in human form came to this earth thru a virgin birth walked with us for 33 years without committing a single sin. During that time He revealed a way of life that was fulfilling and satisfying to that emptiness in our soul. Then He willingly allowed us to beat, spit, humiliate, reject, slap, and kill Him. This was the price for our sin. This was the death that was required.
I want to let that sink in a minute…
Ok now here’s the rest of Romans 6:23…”but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Three days later He was resurrected. Showing and proving that He was God. Showing and proving that He loves us more than we can understand. He endured death and came back to pay for our sins so that we could spend eternity with Him once we trust Him with our souls and life and accept His gift of payment. John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.’ Romans 4:24 says, “but also for us. Our faith will be regarded as God's approval of us who believe in the one who brought Jesus, our Lord, back to life.” “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12
Now you know. It’s simply but not easy. It’s a gift accepted thru weeping and sorrow, but it’s a gift we could never get ourselves. It’s forever. It’s not just words, thru our love and dedication to Him it’s a life change. How could it not be?
Now you stand in a place to make a decision…will you see yourself as He sees you? Will you humble yourself enough to trust Him? Will you accept or reject Him? Will you make your own way that leads to hell? Or will you call out for Him and accept His way to heaven? He wishes for all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), what do you wish?