On this Side of the Cross
Already I’ve heard a bunch of great points on this Good Friday—be obedient, give God your best, be mindful of what your sin costs—and each one is absolutely right. But I think one statement would encompass the rest.
I’m not talking about salvation-trust. That’s the only step that’s vital to eternal life. But so many people trust God and stop there. After God sets them on a firm foundation, they sit their fannies down in that spot and refuse to move.
That’s not God’s plan.
Salvation is the first step on a long road that leads not just to eternal life, but to abundant life here on earth. As we take steps of faith, trusting God with everything, He leads us to amazing places and blesses us in ways we never imagined. Ephesians 3:20 says, “God is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think.” The question is: Do you believe that?
Do you believe God has good plans for you in your work? Are you trusting God with the people you love? With the irritating coworker and the ailing neighbor?
Are you trusting God with your parents? Your children? Your spouse?
Are you trusting God with yourself, your shortcomings and sins and fears?
When we don’t know what to do, trusting God means we wait and pray and believe He’ll guide us. When we do know what to do, trusting God means doing it, even when we’re terrified.
A few weeks ago, the unthinkable happened to a woman related to my pastor: she was assaulted at gunpoint in her own home. In her case, trusting God means knowing that He is still sovereign, and He has a purpose, even if she will never know what it is on this side of Heaven.
Trusting God is the opposite of worry. It’s the opposite of fear.
When Jesus told his followers not to worry in Matthew 6, I often wonder what they were thinking. I suspect some scoffed. “He doesn’t know my life, or he wouldn’t tell me not to worry.” I can understand that. Who was Jesus, anyway? A scraggly Hebrew from Galilee who performed a few miracles. Impressive, sure, but still…
But now we’re on the other side of the cross. Now we’ve seen the Son of God take on our sins. We’ve seen Him suffer and die for us, rescuing us from the punishment we so rightly deserve. We’ve seen His love and faithfulness and mercy. When this Jesus tells us “Don’t worry, I have a plan,” do we have any right to disbelieve him?
There can be no greater insult to Christ than to refuse to trust Him on this side of the cross.
Robin Patchen is a wife, mother and writer who has experienced God's grace is such abundance it can't help but overflow.
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