Embracing Trust and Obedience
Our response to the Christian faith must be one of trust and obedience. In many ways, Christian faith can be better understood as trust, because often it is not what we believe that makes the difference (even though that is important), it is who we trust. It is possible to believe something rationally but still not trust the person of Jesus Christ.
Yet, faith is about trust. It is about responding to God’s gracious love with trust. We trust that God is at work in the world. We trust that through Jesus Christ God does have a plan to save the whole world, including us.
The dynamics of trust and obedience define the relational and personal dimensions of faith. We tend to treasure what we trust and trust what we treasure. In the end, whether we are Christ followers does not depend on where we live or where we worship but on whom we trust. Our trust is part of our response to God.
Trust leads to obedience, which is the ethical outworking of trust. Our response becomes our responsibility. If we truly trust God, we begin to realign the configuration of the different trusts that make us who we are. When God becomes our ultimate trust, we begin to realign all our other trusts accordingly.
Understanding Christian faith as a centered, personal, relational response involving trust and obedience provides us with a level of clarity that is essential to authentic evangelism. As we open our arms to initiate embrace, we open them with a keen sense of humility, as those who know their brokenness. And yet we also open them with clarity, unwavering in our knowledge of the source of our healing and hope.
Standing on the essential values of humility and clarity, when we engage in authentic evangelism, we take the form of a witness. A witness is someone who tells the truth about what they have seen, heard and experienced. Often we feel we need to have all the answers about faith, but we will never have all the answers. On this side of glory, no human being will every have all the answers regarding life or faith. We may be able to have some of the answers, and those answers are likely to be helpful. But there will always be mystery.