Summary: Discovering what God trusts us with
Last week we spent some time talking about “TRUST.” We learned that trust is the “basic dependence on someone or something, Belief that something will happen or someone will act is a prescribed way” (Webster’s).
And as we looked at Psalm 77 we discovered three reasons why we should TRUST IN GOD:
1) God has a proven track record
2) God has a rock solid character
3) God has an amazing love for us
We also learned that trust takes years to build, but only moments to break.
Now I think it is pretty amazing to TRUST IN GOD!
But what really “blows my mind” is that God has placed trust in us … in people!
You see, the story we read about the servants is really a story about TRUST!
This master “trusted” his servants to be faithful and increase the funds!!!
The 1st servant:
• Increased 10 times.
• Became governor 10 cities.
The 2nd servant:
• Increased 5 times.
• Became governor of 5 cities.
The 3rd servant:
• No increase
• Lost his gift and the trust of the Master
Two of these servants passed the TRUST TEST … the other failed … he not only lost his reward, but he lost the TRUST of the master!
Wow … this is a weird Christmas message … hold on … we will get there!!!
I never truly understood TRUST until Malachi came into mine and Mary’s life. Malachi TRUSTS us to feed him, to change him, to wash him, to care for him … basically, he is in our hands! He trusts me to catch him when I toss him in the air – he laughs and smiles BELIEVING that Daddy is going to catch him!
We must trust in Christ like that!
But God’s trust in us is very different! He gives us the benefit of the doubt … hoping we will do what is “right” at all times!
God has trusted us with three precious things.
1. God has trusted us with life.
Life … it is sometimes miserable … sometimes difficult … and other times it is amazing!
God gave us life!
Usually it is in the tough times of life that we questions God’s intentions!
God has trusted us with life!
Even in the middle of temptation God trusts us!
1 Corinthians 10:13: “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it” (MSG).
Hey, if you think, “I can’t handle this anymore.”
STOP … you can handle it! God trusts you!
The more difficult your life is the more trust God has placed in you!!!
2. God has trusted us with a relationship with His Son, Jesus.
This is the most important thing we could ever have – a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Most of you are in a relationship with Jesus – God trusted you with that!
Relationships are built on TRUST!
God has placed His Trust in us – that we would live our lives to honor the name of His Son!
Psalm 20:7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (NIV).
God trusts you! God believes in you!
He gave you the most precious thing in the world – JESUS – His Son – He trusts you with His Son!!!
3. God has trusted us with sharing the love of Christ.
Galatians 2:7: “… I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews” (NIV).
Paul was trusted with sharing the love of Christ to the Gentiles.
Peter was trusted with sharing the love of Christ to the Jews.
Which group of people has God trusted you to share His love with?
You see, Christmas is not about Santa Claus, reindeer, lights, and candy canes!
It is about sharing the love of Christ with the Lord!
Jesus is the Light of the world (John 9:5).
We have a responsibility this season to make sure that JESUS IS THE FOCUS!
This is an opportunity for us to share Christ’s love – with family members and friends!
But this is not something that should only happen one time per year! It should be the ongoing event of our lives!
God could have sent angels down … he could do more miracles … he could actually have shown up to share His message of love, but he chose us!
GOD TRUSTS US WITH SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST!!!
Listen to the last verse that we read at the beginning in Luke.