September 9, 2019 - To trust in someone or something is ; “to rely on the truthfulness and accuracy of - to place confidence in - to believe in, to trust”. We know that if we are to believe in Jesus Christ as the eternal living God then we must trust in his words, we must trust in the words of the Bible. For if we cannot trust in the Bible as the inspired word of God, how then can we believe in what we cannot see, trust what we cannot touch and eventually, receive what we have hoped for and believed in? One day as Jesus was teaching the gospel people began to bring little children to him, asking for him to just touch them that they might receive a blessing from him.
Some of his disciples rebuked those who were bringing the children as if they were being a bother to the Lord. But when Jesus saw this he was upset and said to them. “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14) And then he said something that may reveal the level of trust, of belief in him, he that is required of all who would seek to inherit the kingdom of God. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
Now, we understand that there is but one way to the Father and his kingdom and that way is the same today as it was on the day when Jesus made this statement; “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) First, Jesus tells us that one must receive the kingdom of God like a child. What could this mean, “like a child”? We know the trust a child places in his parents, he knows that he is dependent upon them for everything in his young life and he trusts in them to deliver what he needs.
There is no trust like the trust of a child In his father or his mother and to me, that is what Jesus is speaking of, that childlike trust that overcomes all doubt. And since we know from Jesus’ own mouth that there is no way to the Father except through him then this childlike trust must be in him. We must trust completely in his promise that he will return for us as he said.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? I will come again and will take you to myself, that were I am you may be also.” (John 14:1-3) This is the blessed hope that all who believe in him as Lord have (Titus 2:13), the knowledge that his word is true, that he will do what he says, that he will, one day, return for all who have believed in him as Lord and Master. For all who have truly accepted Jesus as Lord have an advantage in trust, we have the Spirit of truth dwelling within us and guiding us through this life, as Jesus tells us; “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) That is the trust that is required of all who enter the kingdom of God, complete trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and God. Trust without doubt, without reservation, trust insured by the Holy Spirit within all who have truly accepted Jesus Christ as Lord. Oh, I pray that you too will know this joy this day and forever trust him for he will deliver his promise of eternal life…