Trusting God for…
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Goddard
September 16th, 2019
Anyone who considers themselves to be a Christian, has to trust in God. They have to trust in Jesus, and they should be trusting in the Holy Spirit as well.
But sadly, far too many of us are comfortable providing only lip service when it comes to the issue of trust.
The other side of that is that Jesus wants us to trust Him utterly and completely. He desires that we surrender everything that we have in the way of material and ability, and trust in Him for everything!
Paul bears this out in Philippians…
And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (CSB)
It is one place where our dependency is to be inextricably linked to our savior. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense. If we rely on Jesus to free us from the bondage of sin which has remained with us for generations, and then turn around and say, “Lord, I understand that you just saved my ‘eternal’ life but I can do better than you with ‘this life’, let me handle it.”
We can’t be doing that! Okay, yes, we can do that, but we shouldn’t be doing that.
If the master craftsman of the universe, who brought together the cells to create your being, wants to take control of that which he not only created, but that which he re-purchased with his blood, who are we to say no to Him? What business do we have to be saying, in regard to any situation we encounter, that we are better equipped to handle the situation? The entire concept screams of the clay talking back to the potter. We have no reasonable consideration to usurp the authority of God in our lives, none!
Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CSB)
We were purchased at a price so dear we could never expect to even hope would repay our indebtedness. The wonderful thing about the Gospel and grace is that we don’t have to repay it, but we do need to surrender all to Jesus, and in doing so we are turning over the reins of our lives to Him.
No longer are we burdened with the sin that encumbered us, as Christ Jesus has set us free. Taking back control from the one that rescued us from our own folly, is foolishness on its face.
Yet Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we all are the work of your hands.
Isaiah 64:8 (CSB)
Jesus COMPLETELY saves us from the penalty we deserve, Jesus COMPLETELY gives us a life eternal and standing with Him before the Father, as we no longer are slaves to sin but Children of the Most High God! Our soiled past COMPLETELY wiped away clean.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:11-13 (CSB)
If Jesus wipes out our old tattered lives and gives us this new life, we must be completely surrendered to Him and entrusting Him with EVERYTHING!
There isn’t a fringe to this that we can skirt the issue. We can’t cash in on eternity and wander off and do the very things we did before we met the Messiah.
There is a bumper sticker that I just love, it reads…
Trust in Jesus like your life depended on it…
… Because IT DOES!
The only way we get there is to completely surrender to Him and trust him implicitly.
In His Grace!