What are you trusting in?
Mark 1:14…Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Isn’t it odd, that for very many of us the thing we most trust in is stamped with the phrase, “In God we trust.” Maybe we have placed our trust in God, spiritually. But we must admit that out attitude towards money holds a large sway in our life. Maybe we are functionally trusting in money.
Not sure if you have travelled, but if you have you will notice that one of curious things about travel is that you get to spot the differences in currencies. Having in lived in Europe, I remember the lira, the peseta, the deutschmark, the franc, the pound, yes and of course the Euro. Each had something unique and distinct about it. The U.S. Dollar is just as captivating with all of its unique symbols, phrases and peculiarities. One the most famous bits of US currency is that they wear a unique stamp, “In God we trust.”
When Jesus asked us to “Repent and Believe,” his desire is that we would discover more about grace. This last Sunday we looked at what it means to Grow in Grace. We looked at interesting phrase that Jesus gave us “Repent and Believe.”
Perhaps your hear the word repent and you see it as something that we reserve for the bad times, or more aptly for those between moments where we have done something particularly bad.
When our Master, Jesus, asks us to repent and believe it is because he desires our full life to be one of turning towards grace and turning away from sin.
Maybe we have placed our trust in God, spiritually. But we must admit that out attitude towards money holds a large sway in our life. Maybe we are functionally trusting in money. Money is powerful because it is a very powerful tool to accomplish a lot of things. It can buy us food. It can buy us a car. It can buy us a house. Money in and of itself, is morally neutral, but its allure comes from promise to grant us a wide variety of things. We may overwork. We may obsess about finances, but this is all do because our trust is in money and what it subtly promises us. Our spiritual trust may be in God, but our functional trust, the day-to-day trust of our heart, may be in something else.
Has your heart granted functional trust to something else? Where does your mind go when it gets a free moment? What does it start to daydream about? You may just have identified your functional trust.
Let us turn to Christ as not only our theological or spiritual savior, but also as our very day-to-day savior in whom we want to place the full weight of our hopes.