Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Would God Entrust Himself to Me?

I'm driving a car that isn't my own for the next few days.

We had a mechanical failure with the little stick shift I've been driving. And with three drivers in our family and only one vehicle, my mom and dad thought we could use a little help between now and the time we acquire another car.

So they loaned us something of theirs; something that has value. They let us borrow mom's car.

Driving a vehicle that isn't mine reminds me of the years I worked for a rental car company.

People would do the most repulsive things to and in a rental car. They would mistreat the vehicle because they knew it wasn't theirs.

They'd bang it.

They'd stain it.

They'd grind it.

All because they knew it belonged to someone else and they believed they wouldn't have to take responsibility for it in the long run.

My mom and dad trust us not to wreck her car or leave it damaged. They trust us to treat their car like it was our own.

Got me thinking:

What is the most valuable thing you own?

- home - car - family - pet

- reputation - savings - health - friends

To whom would you entrust it?

...Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. (John 2:24)

Jesus would not give himself fully or commit himself to the people in Jerusalem who saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name (John 2:23).

Were they "quick-decision" people who hadn't really counted the cost?

Would they turn on Jesus once the miracle stopped?

Were they only following because of what they could get from him?

This all makes me wonder: what keeps God from committing to me?

Is there anything I can do that would allow God to trust me?

In Micah 6 God speaks through the prophet about what He does not want.

Shall I come before the LORD
and bow down before the exalted God?

No. God doesn't want pomp and ceremony.

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?

No. God doesn't simply want valuable sacrifices.

Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with tens thousand rivers of oil?

No. God doesn't want me so He can get His hands on my stuff.

Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (Micah 6:6-7)

God's not seeking to cause pain and suffering and torment for the enjoyment of it.

So what does God want?

He has showed you...what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?

To act justly

to love mercy


to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Think about that last one for a moment.

"Walking humbly with God".

- "Walking" means motion; going someplace. You are not standing still. You're moving. You're growing.
If you're in the same place now that you were in a minute ago, you're not walking (or you're walking in circles!)

Would you describe your life of faith and what you believe as a walk? Or a sit?

- Humility is often expressed by the posture of being on our knees or on our face before God.

It includes confession of sin.

It includes leaving sinful habits, selfish actions, thoughtless words, & destructive thought processes.

Those who are truly humble give themselves away to God and to others.

Would you like God to be able to entrust the Spirit to you?

He will if you will entrust yourself to Him.

Scripture, prayer, and fasting are avenues we do just that. I give myself to God as I read, pray, seek and listen.

I know a number of you have recently committed yourselves anew to God. May you fully entrust yourself to Him and find that He is willing to do the same to you.

Grace & peace

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear Jeff, Your meditation written two years ago encouraged me today. So what is two years compared to the eternity? You are blessed and gifted. Keep on writing your blog please.