Do we trust our work colleagues? Is it easy to trust someone new?
I think the more important question now is, can others trust me? How do our family see us? Do we keep our word?
When it comes to sport, can you be trusted to be at training and be trusted to keep the team spirit and not do things that spoil the reputation of the team?
The bottom line then is, am I trustworthy?
Trust is foundational in any organisation and relationship. It enhances focus, direction, protection, commitment…the list goes on.
Within the family setting, trust among all members is vital. How do we strengthen trust in the family? By firstly being honest with each other, admitting when we are wrong. One member of the family should settle the wrong and move on, because ignoring it encourages bitterness and lack of trust.
When you make promises, you will up your morale and strengthen the family. This type of approach in life spills over in other aspects of your life, whether at your place work and in the community.
Currently, there are number of people going from house-to-house with one ambition: to win your heart over to vote for them or for the person they are campaigning for in the general election. Who do we trust to keep their promises? We start to replay in our minds the same promises made before and often we come to the conclusion, “It’s the same old thing again.”
Trust plays a vital role in the choices we make in all areas of life, be it in politics, the spiritual arena, family, sport or in the community.
Why? Because it keeps the organisation and relationships together. It is the driving force and passion to do better for others and yourself.
It is the same passion Jesus paraded when He came.
The Bible says, “God so loved the world”, Indeed He did! How? By sending His Son to die for us, paying the ultimate price with His own life. He made many claims, one of them was that He will rise from the dead. He did.
This challenges our trust in God and His Word, this keeps us focus today, this gives us hope in a world shattered by hopelessness. This also brings us to the point of our continual trust in God when Jesus extended what happened to Him to those who trust in Him. It’s a big call. Jesus said, “I will come again” Why? To bring life to all who believes in Him, even those who have died. 1Thessalonians 4:16 say, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.”
This is possible because Jesus too died and He rose again guaranteeing us that this too will be our experience if we die. In verses 17, 18 “Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words “ Comforting words indeed.
Wow, what a big call when it comes to trust. Can we boldly say, “We trust in your Word oh Lord?”
To deny this will probably drive us to do other things rather than investing in our present and eternal future. All in all, God gave us the power to choose. We even have the beauty and the freedom to choose whether to trust or not to trust in Him.
What am I to say about trust then compared to being trustworthy…it’s not what I say, but who I am, that confirms trust in the Lord and in others.
Pr Eliu, SDA Church