“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18
One of the biggest obstacles to living a victorious life with Jesus is the aspect of trusting. I hear it all the time, “I don’t trust anyone.” Our inability to put ourselves out there and be vulnerable is detrimental to our walk. When I filter the call of God through my inability to trust, I become an ineffective part of the body of Christ. I’m not saying we should be a doormat for others to trample over, but we should not allow past disappointments to affect the way we are willing to trust others. If I build a wall towards someone based on past performances of others, I may have limited what God wants to do for someone else and myself.
When I’m wrestling with the idea of putting myself out there for possible disappointment, I must first be willing to expect the worst. The good news is if my true faith and trust is in Jesus, and when I am walking in His truths, what Paul says in Romans 8:18 applies, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Disappointment is so far down on a scale of blessings I receive from God that a withdrawal of a poor choice by someone else is easily covered.
I have been on the receiving end of that “second chance.” Someone was willing to put themselves out there for me and am grateful for the opportunity. We don’t want to extend ourselves in a foolish way by running up debt or taking out a loan that would be against God’s precepts. I’m talking more about an emotional expenditure, one that may cause heartache or grief. Maybe the offense caused to you will be used by God and His conviction on their life will cause them to repent, especially when we simply turn the “other cheek”.
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” Luke 6:27-31.
If we find ourselves having a hard time trusting others, then maybe the real problem is we don’t trust God, maybe our issue is with the Father. If this is the case, then a real truth has been exposed and with the help of the Holy Spirit that wound could be healed. There is plenty of evidence and scripture to remind us of how much God loves us. Find someone who can work with you and uncover those trust issues, when we do we enter into ministry that will be a huge blessing to us and others, don’t miss out. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!” – John Wesley
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26