Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust/believe this good news!” -Mark 1:15
Is there a difference between believing and trusting? The gospel writers use a Greek word, pisteuō, that can be translated as “believe” or “trust.” Two weeks ago Pastor Joe commented in his sermon that it is one thing to believe that a scaffolding will hold you up; it is quite another thing to actually climb onto the scaffolding and expect it to hold you up. We sing a song in our contemporary worship services called “We Believe.” With gusto I belt out, “We believe in God the Father, we believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit, and that He’s given us new life.” I do believe that. Am I trusting it too?
For the over two years, our church has been on an intentional journey of seeking God’s guidance for the location of our congregation. We have been asking the Lord, “Where can we best serve You and reach people with Your love?” We know that location is not a magical cure to bring people in, but we also know that our current location is not drawing new people to Christ. We know that people we might be able to reach mostly live north and east of downtown. We’ve been talking about this and praying about this, but we haven’t acted on anything yet. It’s painful to think about moving, emotionally and logistically.
But here comes the scaffolding to climb!
April 23 we will have a congregational meeting so we can decide whether or not to move on a vision we’ve caught for a potential new location. I believe God has given us some remarkably able leaders to help us make good decisions with our resources. I believe people in Odessa are living lives without the joy and purpose that knowing Christ through a loving church can bring. I believe Odessa is ready for the unique Christian message that our church proclaims. I believe God is leading our church to new life! So I am jumping on to this opportunity and trusting with my life that all I believe is true.
Another song, a hymn, says, “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.” May the sweetness of trust permeate our spirits as we walk these exciting days together to trust what we believe.