CAREFREE = TRUST, IN WHO?
Sometimes, trusting ourselves can be hard. Having a difficult time trusting ourselves can also have an impact on our trust in God, whether for better or worse.
If you’re a Christian, you may understand that trusting in God is most difficult when we have a hard time surrendering our fear of losing control. Trust represents the hands holding the reins to control, and, consequently, the power of our outcome. For the Christian who believes in the sacrifice of Jesus, the problem is remembering, constantly, that it’s because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we have found Him trustworthy of holding the reins of our outcome.
IN WHOM WE PLACE OUR ONLY TRUST
When I was an atheist years ago, I had placed a lot of trust in my parents, because there was nothing supernatural that I believed in trusting. However, trusting in people without first trusting in God makes our trust fragile; people aren’t designed to hold the weight of the level of trust that God is. There are people in this world worth placing trust in. There are some worth trusting our lives with. But not everyone. Consider the nature of God to be one of the primary filters through which we are able to place trust in others; by searching for Christ’s impact in their lives. We know if the Savior of the world has inspired others to emulate His example, their actions are going to reflect the character of Jesus: unconditionally loving, grace-filled; “shrewd as a snake and innocent as a dove.” (Matthew 10:16)
A person who believes in the will of God sees the purpose in evangelism (that is, spreading the Good News of Jesus) while being intuitive and wise in the way they communicate with people who aren’t yet ready to receive Him. It’s much easier to trust someone who is careful of our receptivity than someone who is careless. A person can distinguish whether or not another’s intentions are aligned with Jesus’ by whether or not they express the love of God in their actions. Following this point, when we meet someone who reveres God through Jesus, we will know there is a God worth trusting; a God who transformed a person’s spirit into something more unconditional and understanding, while simultaneously shrewd and innocent.
If you are having a hard time trusting in God, then consider how your life is without Him. If not God, who or what do you put your trust in? How does this form of trust inspire you in the way you live your life, and the impact you have on the lives around you?
GIVING GOD WHO WE ARE
I believe placing our trust in God will help shape a future where we not only feel more carefree, but where we see the presence of Jesus residing in others. We can all be a light shining towards Christ, and we can all be reasons to trust in God. Through Jesus, everything is made new, and that includes the trust we aren’t sure of where to place. Surrendering the reins to God is the best decision we could make because it means we trust that Jesus died in order that we could experience this level of intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.
If you’re still having a hard time believing this is what Jesus did, that’s okay. I have experienced doubt, too! I suggest reading a book called, “More Than A Carpenter,” by Josh and Sean McDowell. It’s a phenomenal read. The authors journey inside Jesus’ story from a skeptical perspective while addressing some heavy elements regarding the focus of Jesus’ deity. I also recommend that you read John Eldredge’s “The Beautiful Outlaw.” This opened my eyes to comprehending Jesus as relatable and simultaneously deified as God Incarnate, through the godly, humble, reverential way He lived His life while holding the very power of God. I highly suggest this book to you. Here are links:
“The Beautiful Outlaw”: Here
“More Than A Carpenter”: Here
If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share after reading this, please feel free to post in the comments below. My prayer is that you would come to experience the presence of Jesus in the place you are in, granting you the blessing of peace in surrendering your fears to Jesus. Trusting in God means believing the world doesn’t have your best interests at heart, but more importantly, recognizing that God does. I truly believe this, and I hope you will find truth to this, yourself.
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