Are We Living the Wise Life?
Copyright 2010 ~ Heaven Ministries


Are we living the wise life? We trust in banks to keep our money secure; we trust in our employers to keep us employed until retirement; We trust in social security during retirement; we trust in our spouse to stay faithful throughout the marriage; we trust in the drug companies to keep us from pain; we trust in the insurance companies to payout if something happens to our cars and homes; we trust in our credit cards to buy our houses, and we trust in doctors, literally with our life. But yet, none of these things are certain in life. No, not one—only God is certain, only God can truly be trusted.

When we believe in and trust in God that he will fulfill his promises, even though we don’t see those promises materialize yet, that is when we have shown God our true faith and trust in him. Because of what we have to hope for in our future, trusting in God with our life is the wisest thing a Christian can do. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

True faith and trust in God reveals itself in a complete transformation of our body, mind and spirit. Faith in God means salvation. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who EARNESTLY seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

The Christian must experience acts of faith, through a changed life to receive salvation. Having the faith to trust in Jesus Christ is the most important aspect of our Christian walk; otherwise our Christianity would be in vain—self-centered and self-trusting. Trust comes from having faith in God.  So then knowing this we know that we truly cannot trust God with our life if we don’t have the faith to believe that what God says for us is true!

But look, we have put our faith in banks, credit card companies, our jobs, doctors and drug companies. But hundreds of banks have gone under, millions of homes foreclosed on, thousands of employees laid off, millions of people are still in pain and are dying even though they relied on drugs to heal them! Many people that once had money and a job are literally starving in America! We work so hard to have these things and we put our total faith and trust into these things and yet these things of the world are so uncertain!

Have we put our faith in these things because we can see them, and we believed in them? We believed our money would be safe; we believed we would have our homes forever. We believed them when they told us that the medications would help us to get well. We believed our spouse when they promised faithfulness forever. We believed and put our trust in these things because we could see them with our eyes and hear them with our ears. But many of us have been let down and trust has been broken. Only the power of God is certain! Only our faith in God through Jesus Christ is going to save us.

Faith Without Works is Dead. (James 2:28)

What kind of “works” are we talking about here? Faith without belief and trust in Christ as our Savior makes all of our works ineffective to God.  He wants to see our fruits. He wants for His children to quit talking about trust and start trusting. We have to make trust an action in our lives! Are we earnestly seeking God like we earnestly seek the material enjoyments and worldly securities in our life?

We work and strive so hard to trust all of the worldly institutions in our lives because we have to give them our hard-earned money and time. But all God asks of us, as far as “works” goes is our faith to believe that what he says for us is true. If we truly believed God’s promises for us, then we would change our lifestyle to pursue those promises. There is no other way for the Christian to earn salvation than through complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ. 

Salvation is a gift from God ONLY when we have fully trusted him with our life by stepping out into faith through a change in lifestyle. God wants us to earnestly seek him and he will reward us! Isn’t that worth putting your faith and trust in?  Good works will never earn salvation with God. Anyone can do good works, but not anyone can actually put their TRUST in the power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit; it is the motive behind the good works that brings salvation.

Christ tells us in Luke 3:8 that we are to “produce fruits in keeping with repentance”, which means changing our way of life through trusting in God through Jesus Christ for our salvation. God is a merciful and loving God and salvation is freely given to us once we have truly turned our life around to follow him with our life. Trust in God through faith is needed to produce the fruits of repentance that Jesus is talking about.  

Don’t misunderstand, God wants us to serve others in whatever capacity he has gifted us with, but doing these things will not get us into heaven. It doesn’t take trust or belief in God to do good deeds, but it takes trust and belief in God for us to turn our lives around and earnestly seek him! Our love of God clearly shows a changed heart and mind and is “faith with works” that Christ speaks about. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) Transform your life.

Attitudes of the Heart

The Pharisees were a perfect example of faith without works. They did many good works, especially when they knew people were watching, but the problem was they did not have the “works” (faith) to believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They certainly knew who Jesus was, but they did not believe that God sent His Son to forgive them their sins. Consequently they were unable to put their trust in Christ. You can’t trust something you do not believe in.

In a nutshell, everything the Pharisees did was for appearances sake and self-promotion and gratification. They did not put their trust in Jesus Christ, rather they trusted in themselves and institutions, which was very unfortunate for them since the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. Some people confuse what the words “deeds” or “works” meant that Christ was talking about. Many believe it involves doing good works for others, but as we see it is not the case at all.

God values and cherishes the attitudes of our hearts above what we do. Faith must be put to work in our lives through our attitudes and how we live as Christians. Having trust in Christ is a personal aspect of our relationship with God, rather than something that involves doing something for others. Can we have faith for someone else? Can we put our trust in Jesus for someone else? Can we live someone else’s lifestyle? The “works” and “deeds” that Christ is talking about is for ourselves and what we “do” with our personal lives!  

Trusting in God with our Attitude About Money and Riches

Even if we are monetarily poor and have no possessions we can still allow desire and greed to control our lives. Believers have a difficult time trusting in God in this area of their life and that’s because everyone has certain standards they want to live by and they continually pursue that standard of living, even if it takes them away from trusting in God.

God doesn’t want us to quit our jobs and become beggars because that would be foolish but he does want us to get our priorities right with him. Why do you think Jesus says, “Money is the root of all evil”?  It is because striving for money and riches and even desiring these things keeps us from putting our faith in God. If our main priority in life is striving for more and more money, status, and luxuries of life, where does God fit in?

“Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and have pierced themselves with many grief’s.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

Sometimes we have to lose our houses to foreclosure, our jobs to layoff, and our cars to seizure before we realize that none of these things matter in the first place! What really matters is putting our hope, faith, and trust with God and working in this life to gain spiritual treasures that we can take with us to heaven!

A man went up to Jesus and asked, “How can I receive eternal life”? Jesus said to the young man, “sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)

Sometimes it takes a wealthy person to lose all they have to humble their lives to Jesus Christ and begin to depend on him and make him more important than money and riches. Even the desire for wealth and the continual striving to have what we do not need can keep us from trusting in God.  Does this mean that Christians must get rid of all of their possessions to receive eternal life? No, God simply does not want our desire for riches and our attitude about money to steer us away from putting our hope and trust in him.

We have responsibilities in this life to care for our families and to care for those who are less fortunate than us. God doesn’t want us to be a burden on others; we still have to make a living. But some things such as creating debt in our lives, stockpiling our money rather than using it to help others, and relying on doctors to be responsible for our overall physical health can be disastrous. Look at all the pain and suffering that these things is doing to God’s people? And we put our trust in these things!

Our attitude about money should be that of the willingness to give up everything we have for Him, if it ever came to that. God doesn’t want our eagerness for riches to come between him and us.  We are to use what we have in ways that pleases him, to serve others in whatever capacity he has gifted us with, and to help those who are in need. Using our money and possessions to please God shows that we have our priorities about money right with God. Don’t let money take the place of God in your heart.

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot both serve God and money.” (Luke 16:13)

When we believe and trust in God that he will fulfill his promises for us, even though we cannot see those promises materialize yet, that is when we have given God our faith and trust. (Hebrews 11:6)

This is what we ought to be striving for—this should be our first priority in life. We should put our faith in God first and then God will guide us properly in this world and give us wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong. Is it wise to trust in God given what we know about him? It’s the only way!