We extend trust all the time; we trust the mechanic to do a good job at a fair price, we trust a restaurant to deliver good food in a reasonable amount of time, we trust we get what we pay for, we trust people to keep their word, to be civil, kind, and cordial, we trust contracts, commitments, and agreements to follow through on their promises, we trust products to do what they guarantee they will do, we trust our finances, retirements, and banks to safely hold, protect, and grow our investments. That’s a lot of trust. Yet, as I went through this list, and maybe you did too, there were times when a trust was broken and the broken trust made it difficult to trust again. Who wants to go back to a restaurant where the food and service is bad or make a deal with someone who rarely follows through?
Now true, we can have inflated and maybe unrealistic expectations like trusting that we will always get more than we pay for or that people will never make a mistake. There is a tendency out there to put our trust in idealistic expectations, even to a point of entitlement (the frame of mind that we are owed whatever we think should happen because that is what we trust should happen! Like trusting we should get a job as a manager yet with no experience, knowledge, or talents to manage).
However, trust is key in faith and our spiritual growth. Actually, we cannot grow in faith without trust. Too much we try to grow in faith by doing things; go to church, give a bit of our money, help people, even go to a Bible study and spend some time reading our Bibles. Now all these action are great and we should do them, yet to grow takes trusting in all that we are learning about who Jesus is and what He has done.
See, when you came to faith (and by the way if you are not sure about if you have come to faith, write me back and let’s chat), you were given the Holy Spirit to help you grow. His job is to teach John 14:26, convict us of sin John 16:8, guide us John 16:13 and empower us 1 John 2:20, 27 (to anoint is to empower, give us unction). See, as we learn of how amazing and wonderful and powerful and awesome and incredible and loving and helpful and caring and holy Jesus is…and the sacrificial way He lovingly substituted Himself to pay a sin debt we owed…and trust in that, the Holy Spirit does His miraculous work in us to grow and change us.
Ephesians 3:16-19 16 that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
That ‘fullness of God’ is the growing abundant life Jesus came to give us, John 10:10. But we have to trust in The Lord enough to learn these truths of who Jesus is and what He has done and trust in that truth above some of feeling we deal with. For example let’s say someone is experiencing thoughts of unworthiness; a real feeling that may have come from a tough environment of being hurt or abused or not affirmed. So what is the deeper truth of Jesus in the area of our worthiness?
1 John 4:9-10 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (atoning sacrifice, paid our sin debt) for our sins.
We are valued enough that Jesus would go through all He did to provide a way for us to bridge sin’s divide from God Isaiah 59:2 and have the opportunity to belong to God. For when we come to faith, trusting in Jesus as our Savior, this is the truth:
1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
The key is, do we trust this to be true. Do we believe it? This is the difficult work in faith and when we continue to trust in the Lord we will see the evidence of growth
Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Let’s trust in Jesus even more, not in our actions, but in the work of Jesus in the core of our being. As you are faced with issues, look to the deeper truth of Jesus and trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-7 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD (reverently trust Him in His awesomeness), and turn away from evil.
Seeking to trust in Jesus more with you,
PS This Sunday we will be talking about this very topic as we continue our series Revived by Resurrection. We would love for you to join us. You can attend one of our campuses or listen later to the sermon on line. Please check out our website for details, but we would love to meet you in person. www.cypresschurch.net