It’s a goal, not a point of completion. Something we strive towards, but while we tarry in this life, we will never truly attain, because we are flesh. Our flesh, thrust into corruption because of sin.
While the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was more than sufficient to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, we remain and therefore must persist in the promise of His grace.
I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalms 18:1-2 (CSB)
The process of trust
Trust isn’t something we are always easy to give. It involves the surrender of so much of that which drives our ambition in this life, while we may not realize it trust is something we guard cautiously, because of the ramifications of trust being broken.
As children we begin life placing complete trust in our parents and anything they did. As I reflect to my boyhood, I remember that Pa was a busy man. Dad’s skills were highly sought after, because of expertise in fixing things. He was a master mechanic, not book smart by any means. If you put him at a table, placed a written test before and a timer in front of him, he was doomed to failure. However, if you introduced him to a problem, it didn’t matter if it was mechanical, process, or analytical, he could disassemble it with his mind and restore it to a fully functional assembly with his hands.
I had every expectation that this man could do anything. I had complete trust in his ability.
But as we grow, we tighten in our trust as we find people and things disappoint us more and more. We learn to live by the mantra, “If you want something done right, do it yourself!” This makes it increasingly difficult to trust anyone or anything fully.
“Truly I tell you,” he said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child — this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:3-4 (CSB)
Jesus said this himself. His statement tells us he doesn’t expect that we can do this out of pocket without some form of effort. “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” This illustrates an effort, a determination to trust that we have been train since childhood, was a futile venture, that we would only find disappointment in.
The tendency to not trust is easy for the flesh to accept and go along with, there is little to no effort involved, but the act of trusting requires massive application of faith in that which we are committing ourselves to. The level of effort is so much that comparison is impossible.
I remember remarking to my Pa “you can do anything!”.
“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child – This one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
When we are born again of God’s Spirit, we again become little children in His grace.
We realize that our father in heaven can and will do anything because He loves us beyond our imagination. The depth and breadth of that love is something we can’t get our mind wrapped around, because we don’t have the perspective or mental capacity to grasp it. We have matured as His children.
Unlike our earthly fathers who while we stare at them in wide-eyed amazement of their wisdom and skill, only later in life to understand that they were not entirely unlike us and had their failing and struggles just as we do. They are after all flesh just as we are.
The trust in God’s abilities in our lives grows over time as our trust in man’s abilities fade.
I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:12-13 (CSB)
“I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.”, doesn’t tell us that God will simply give on us everything we desire, but it tells us we can accomplish “through him” and the strength He provides us with the capability to undertake all that he calls us to do.
Paul writes the 12th and 13th verse side by side because while, we may not have all that we desire, we have everything we require in and through Jesus Christ. Paul says, “I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot.” Our circumstance is irrelevant to our effectiveness when we are empowered through our faith in Christ Jesus.
“In any and all circumstances” be content with what we have been blessed with because our accumulation doesn’t inhibit our capability to accomplish all that the calls us to.
We will battle with the flesh till Christ takes us home and gives us new bodies not composed of the corruption we were born with. Until that time we wrestle with the darkness.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.
Ephesians 6:12 (CSB)
While we can become distracted here to think what our struggle entails is in the physical realm, we are at war in the spiritual realm right this moment. This battle rages it is ours to fight alongside our champion and our Lord. Through him we can do all things.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (CSB)
This age is the distraction. If the enemy can focus our concern on the things of the flesh and this world, then we are taken out of the battle that is taking place in the heavens. Satan wants nothing more than to have us focused on this realm where the flesh has prominence to remove us as a threat to him in the spiritual realm where the real battle is taking place.
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
John 16:33 (CSB)
We will not find total peace in this world. Our trust only can be fully accomplished when we have completely committed in faith to the battle is before us. Not this struggle the enemy places before us that seeks to win in the spiritual realm through the hearts and minds of those lost in a dying world.
No reason not to have “Accomplished Trust”, when we are engaged in the conflict our Lord calls us to, because the battle has been won!
In His Grace,