Jesus is our good Shepherd. We are His sheep. He has made us saints and called us sons and daughters. This week in our daily devos we are focusing on our relationship with Him. Each day we will explore what it means to love Jesus, learn His ways and lead others to do the same. Thank you for making the CP devos part of your spiritual growth process. Make sure to invite others to read them, so that we, as a community of faith, are contemplating, meditating and learning together.
Stop Trying and Start Trusting
“And the grace of our Lord exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 1:14
There comes a time in a believer’s life when we are awakened to the reality that the Christian walk isn’t dependent upon us, but only on Jesus. Great is the moment when we truly understand that success in our relationship with Jesus has nothing to do with our best efforts. Were it not for Jesus, we would have no hope. All we can do is trust.
One of the greatest examples of strong trust is the thief that hung next to Jesus on the cross. Tradition says that his name was Dismas. He was known as a villain, rogue and outlaw. Having done the acts that come with such titles, he had been found guilty in all courts. But in a moment of incredible, unrestrained trust he cried out, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom,” to which Jesus said, “This day you will be with Me in paradise.”
Think of it. One act of trust canceled out a lifetime of crime. Once a thief, he was delivered into the kingdom in a single moment of trust.
Look at the cross. See that Jesus’ love is not like our love. We are full of revenge and selfishness. We love only those who love us. Jesus’ death on the cross was not a shining, pristine moment like our jewelry portrays. He was broken, ripped, cut and covered in blood and spat upon, yet the cross was the pinnacle of the affection, acceptance and love God has for us.
Trust increases through our personal effort. It is given to us. He is our trust. We are told only to look to Him. God’s love for us is always there. We need only to turn to Him. Trust comes when we realize He is fully pleased with us. The disturbing message of trust is that it is not about us. It is about Him.
Dear Lord, today I push my trust to the brink. I know I cannot generate my own trust, so I look to You. I lean the full weight of my life onto You and I receive the love You have for me.