For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Looking around the world today, we see a whole slew of humans craving two things – love, and their best life now! If you don’t believe me, check out your most recent posts on social media. If we’re honest we want an all-access-pass to experience a never-ending life filled with peace, stability, joy, freedom, unconditional love, and rich satisfaction.
In this one sentence, Jesus sums up where we can find both love and our best life now. But notice, Jesus doesn’t say we can search and find it on our own nor does he say we can put it on our to-do list and someday achieve it. Jesus says access to everlasting love and our best life now is through belief.
Belief is an interesting thing. Believing is placing our hopes and expectations on something or someone outside of ourselves. This means believing is posturing our hearts in a vulnerable position where we could be left hanging, disappointed, or even wounded. Belief consists of trust, and trust is built on the character and consistency of the one in whom we are trusting.
Jesus invites us to place our trust and belief in him because he is trustworthy of giving us access to his love and his new life which brings forth all the things our hearts long for. So, take this opportunity today to look at Jesus’ character. From what you know about Jesus, why can he be trusted? List those qualities and ask your heart if you truly believe them. If not, pray “Lord, Jesus I believe in part but help my unbelief. Grant me greater faith to believe and trust in you, today.”
By Yvonne Biel