Last week we started the series “Knowing Jesus” and we are looking at what it means to live in relationship with God. We say it all the time: “christianity is not a religion its a relationship”, but how exactly do we go about having a relationship with God?
Last week we discussed where our relationship starts. Relationship with God starts with believing in Jesus. It starts with acknowledging that because of Jesus’ sacrifice we have the ability to be in relationship with God again.
When it comes to living out this relationship every day, one aspect of our relationship that we can focus on is trust.
Trust is a good measure of a relationship, just think of any friendship. The ability to trust someone is a good gage of how deep your relationship is. When it comes to relationship with God, one way we can know that we have deep relationship with Him is if we can trust Him completely.
If your asking the question of how to trust God more, a good place to start is by trusting in the things the Bible promises us about Him.
We are going to discuss 3 simple promises that the Bible teaches us about Jesus that we can trust in as we live our lives.
1# Trust in His Gospel Message:
This is the place where relationship with God begins. We discussed the Gospel last week, but trusting in this truth is how our relationship with Jesus is initiated. We can trust fully in Jesus’ sacrifice and we can have certainty of our salvation because of His work. This promise is summarized perfectly by Paul:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
As we trust fully in this promise we will be comforted by the good news that this gives us certainty of spending eternity with God.
2# Trust His way is best for you
Jesus not only gave us salvation by His sacrifice, but He also modeled what our new life in Him should look like. Jesus promises that If we live the way He asks, it will lead to life. When we choose to live in sin it will always end in destruction, but a life lived for Jesus will lead us deeper into relationship with Him. As Paul states:
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:8-9)
We can trust that though life will have troubles, if we choose to live the way God asks it will always be better in the end than if we chose to live a life of sin.
Trust He is with you always
There is great comfort in knowing that Jesus loves you and is there for you at all times. If we can learn to trust this promise than we can have peace in any circumstance. Jesus’ departing words to His disciples capture this truth perfectly:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
So these are three ways we can step into trusting Jesus today. If you know that in one of these areas you are lacking, than thats really good to recognize. Focus on trusting Jesus in that area this week and pray that He would help you know Him more deeply every day.