Posted by Murray Smith

Trust … “a state of being relied on”

Each time we sit in a chair we trust it will hold our weight. (hopefully)

Trustworthy … “worthy of trust”

Before we trust someone with an important task we usually check their track record.

It’s not easy to trust, especially if you have been let down.

Saul let God down big time …

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus, 1 Tim 1:12-14.

Because Jesus trusts us we change.

Blasphemers become worshippers.

Bullies become kind

Critics become encouragers.

Jesus trusted Saul despite his treacherous track record. He trusted him enough to appoint him as the apostle to the gentiles. Because of this trust he became the most influential person who has ever lived second only to Jesus. He will trust you if you will allow him to. He will pour his abundant grace into your life as He did with Saul. He will find you trustworthy as you trust him. He will give you special work to do for Him just like he did for Saul. Is this an invitation you can afford to refuse?

Further Study

What does Proverbs 3:1-6 teach us about trusting God in all areas of our lives and what can we expect from God when we do?

What does Romans 15:7-13 teach us of acceptance and trust and how the two open up doors for the mission of God in the world?

In 2 Tim 2:11-13, Paul introduces another trustworthy saying. How does it differ and develop from the one in 1 Tim 1:15-17? Pray about applying both sayings to daily walking with Jesus.