Christians often say this regarding a difficulty in their or someone’s life… “Trust in Jesus.” That can sound either empty or like a magic pill to someone whose life is experiencing pain… so, what does that expression mean and how do we express that in a moment of struggles and hardship?
To be able to lean upon Jesus in our times of distress we first and foremost need to trust in Jesus for salvation, which means that you’re not relying upon ourselves, but on Jesus to get you into heaven. We will not get to heaven by our own good action, things that we think will make us pleasing to God. Rather, we need to be forgiven of our sins- all that is in opposition to God, realizing that Jesus died for our sins. And what He did for us on the cross is the only way to have our sins forgiven. The Bible says in Acts 10:43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins. That’s the beginning, it has to start there.
After someone trusts in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, a new life begins. We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. The person becomes a follower of follower or disciple of Jesus. As a follower of Christ Jesus, a person relies upon Jesus in ALL other areas of their life, not just for forgiveness of sin.
For example, in John 13:13-14 and John 14:26 Jesus said that He is the Teacher. He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to them, and that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things and guide them into all truth. God teaches a person His ways and His truth through His word- the Bible, the Holy Spirit living within us and fellow believers. In terms of our values and our behavior, He cleans out stuff in our thinking that’s not right, and shows us from His perspective what is correct. This is another way in which God loves us.
He is the One who knows all truth, and He wants us to build our lives on His truth.
So, to “Trust in Jesus” is to rely upon Him by what He has taught us. Trusting in His assurances to the follower, knowing that He loves us and has our ultimate good at heart. And it can only begin by trusting in His forgiveness of our sins and our acceptance into heaven. No magic pills here.