YLD (21/02/14) – Inspire trust and be trustworthy
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. (Acts 20:24)
If God has a special task for you and is going to be difficult, would you do it?
Back in the Bible, God gave special assignments to two bible characters.
Today, we are going to look at them and see how they would respond to it.
We want to find out if they were trustworthy.
Before we introduce them out. Let’s explain what does trustworthy mean?
- Trustworthy people have consistency in what they say and what they do. They are the same at work, at home, and everywhere else—they don’t pretend to be someone else. Trustworthy people are reliable, responsible, accountable, and resourceful. “Consistency reinforces trust.”
Are they trustworthy?
- The first character is Jonah and the second character is Paul
o Jonah disobeys God and Paul shows his obedience to God
o Jonah is full of hate and self-righteousness and Paul is full of love and compassion
Which one is trustworthy?
Paul. Paul matched his words and feelings with his thoughts and actions. He did not think one thing and speak another.
- He is a trustworthy person and many people believe in him
What makes Paul trustworthy and reliable?
- Paul trusts in God (Object lesson: the water in the bag)
- He is single-mindedness – a quality needed by anyone who wishes to do God’s work
- The most important goal of Paul’s life was to tell others about Christ (Acts 20:24, 25-27)
o We often feel that life is a failure unless we are getting a lot out of it
o But Paul considered life worth nothing unless he used it for God’s work
- He becomes a trustworthy person – a constant example of how he helps those in need (Acts 20:31-32)
- He encourages others to place their trust in God
- Paul keeps bringing people to Jesus even in a difficult time
How about you? How your story will go?
Will you like to be a trustworthy person or you just want to do thing in your own way?