Believe, Believe, Believe

We often hear about how we have to Believe, Believe, Believe. Just check out Disney movies. Believing was a recurring theme in Jesus’ teaching. But Christians must understand exactly what he meant.
 
Read John 6. After Jesus miraculously fed thousands, the crowds hunted him down. What followed was a frustrating back-and-forth conversation. The people wanted him as an eternal cash cow (bread cow?), but Jesus said that wasn’t the point. True eternal life comes from doing God’s work, which he spelled out as “to believe in the One He has sent.” He also foreshadowed his blood sacrifice required to make this possible. Read the entire chapter. The people didn’t get it. They were clearly thinking on a different level, as do we.
 
Believing in Jesus is NOT: following a bunch of religious rules, wishful thinking (as if your “belief” has magical power to make things happen), or even intellectually believing that Jesus existed. To believe in Jesus goes much deeper.
It means completely trusting who he is, such that it directs your heart, energy, passions, and hope – your entire life. If you love Jesus you will stop trying to live your own way, and instead do what he says. Then God will show up and live inside you. The relationship is the whole point. (Remember that something hand-knit with love is only special because of who knit it and the effort they invested.)
 
If you know a good doctor or mechanic, you’ll seek their help. You’ll trust them to do what is needed, and follow all of their advice. It’s an active choice with tangible results. Believing in Jesus is similar, but way bigger. He taught that worrying about basic things like food and clothing is not the point. Yes, God provides them. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
 
“…Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). How do you know that you are a child of God? It means you have given your life to Him, from the deepest part of your soul, and have entered into eternal life.
 
Post by Isaac Whiting and Laura Teng


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