Jesus answered, “the work of God is this, to believe in the one he has sent.” – John 6:29
A few years ago, there was a television show called “Fear Factor” which involved people being thrust into fearful, anxiety provoking situations like being stuck in a confined space with snakes or standing on a narrow platform from a high and dangerous place. While touching on peoples’ fears, it was watched by millions of people each week. Fear sells and we see this with all the news stories and internet headlines that make money by feeding on our fears.
Fear on its own is hard enough, but when you add a pervasive culture of distrust, it can leave people feeling unhinged. The government, science, medicine, media, law enforcement… the list goes on, you don’t know who or what to believe. A culture and context where fear and distrust are pervasive results in a lot of people feeling confused, afraid, and anxious. On top of it all, you add the coronavirus and the emergence of the Delta variant and you can understand why all the mental health professionals have no openings because demand is so high. As someone who has struggled throughout my life with anxiety, I can personally attest that anxiety levels are extremely high.
The disciples ask Jesus, “what must we do to do the work God requires?” (Jn 6:28) Jesus gives a very simple yet profound answer “believe” (Jn 6:29). The word in Greek for “believe” is pistis and it translates to mean “to come to trust” or “to rely on”. Jesus is saying that we need to trust Him. Trust what He says about our past, that in Him we are forgiven. (Mt 26:28) Trust what He says about our present situation. Do not worry because God will provide all our needs, even the birds in the air and the flowers in the field are provided for. (Mt 6:26) Trust what He says about our future, that it is secure, and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Our past, our present, our future, Jesus says, “do not fear but trust me.”
Not to sound overly simplistic, but I believe the answer to all the fear, uncertainty, and distrust in our society is to “trust Him.” Jesus is constantly inviting us into a deeper entrusting of our lives to Him. Are my finances uncertain? Trust Him. Is my family life difficult? Trust Him. Is my health and the health of loved ones failing? Trust Him. Am I feeling like a bad person and my sin is ever before me? Trust that He can forgive. Am I feeling like I can’t get out of this depression? Trust that He will deliver you in His good and perfect timing. TRUST. BELIEVE. HAVE FAITH. Friends, if we trust in Jesus, he will get us through….and the peace that passes all understanding will be with you always. (Phil 4:6)
We at COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH as disciples of Jesus Christ, are called by God
-to deepen our faith through inspiring worship and challenging small group study,
-to build our fellowship through hospitality and acceptance, and
-to transform the world through active service and faithful witness.
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