It’s Monday Grace!
Sometimes I wonder why we have to remember our past, the life we lived apart from Jesus. What good does it do for us to remember those things, those stupid decisions and immoral actions? I know that some people say we remember those things to keep us humble, so that we are constantly ashamed before God. What a terrible way to live!
No, I think it is to remind us of how poorly we did when we made our own decisions without regard to the Lord’s will. It is not to shame us, but to keep us aware of our daily, moment by moment, need for an active Savior. It wouldn’t take much for us to fall into the same holes again, would it?
Living the Christian life is a process of learning to trust Jesus. I have told people that, if they don’t know how to listen to Him, to hear His voice, they should dedicate the rest of their lives to learning. The desire of our hearts should be to follow Him, not just because that is right, but because we remember how we messed things up apart from Him.
Trusting Jesus means to believe He is alive and active. He did not stay dead after the cross. Nor is He a God far away. He is near to us, with us, every moment of every day. No matter where we go, Jesus is with us. That’s what He promised when He said He would be with us always.
Trusting Jesus means to begin living the life we will live in Heaven. I don’t know a lot about our life in Heaven, but I know we will be with Jesus. There will be no sin, because we will live fully in His presence and sin will no longer be a part of our lives. Today, sin is our defeated foe with no power over us. We sin because we are used to sinning, but we don’t have to. And we are in the constant presence of Jesus. So, our life here is a hint, a foreshadowing, of our life in glory if we trust Jesus.
Trusting Jesus brings peace to our lives because we no longer have to worry. Think about that. Jesus loves you. He is wiser than you, stronger than you, and more loving than you. He will lead you into the right decisions. You can relax as you walk with Him. That’s what it means to enter His rest. Trust that the results of the efforts He leads you to do will be just what He wants them to be. There is no longer any failure. He is never disappointed as you follow Him.
Trusting Jesus brings joy to our lives because we have Someone who always loves us and works for our good. Every day we will see His activity for us, His grace. Seeing Him and being reminded of His presence is a great blessing to us.
So, trusting Jesus is simple. It is like trusting your father or mother should have been, especially when you were little. It isn’t giving up, but giving over. We stop pushing and trying so hard when we trust Him.
Finally, Heaven is ours because of Jesus. You no longer have to worry about death and judgment. People might warn you, even the church might work against your assurance, but Jesus has saved you, and He will get you through. Jesus is your guarantee of Heaven. His righteousness. His obedience. His perfection. He gave it all to you when you became His.
So, trust Him!
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.