Grow Up, Part 4: Trust
When you have no idea what’s going on trust God through your obedience to His commands and the Spirit’s leading.
The following questions are to help you evaluate your level of trust in God.
1. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV)
Do you trust God enough to forgo entertainment and diversions and spend time practicing the 7 habits of a disciple (Bible reading/study, prayer, fellowship, service, worship, obedience, and contemplation)?
2. “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits.” (1 Cor 12:7 (MSG) “Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Phil 2:3-4 (MSG)
Do you trust God enough to use your spiritual gifts to benefit your community of faith, your church family?
3. In the Old Testament, we observe Abraham and Jacob offering a tithe to God in Genesis 14 and 28. A tithe is when you give 10 percent of your annual earnings, produce, or possessions. What is more, the Israelites were commanded to tithe from what they earned and produced during the year (Lev. 27:30; Num. 18:25–28; Deut. 14:22–24; 2 Chron. 31:5–6). Money is how we take care of ourselves.
Do you trust God enough to tithe, believing that He will meet all your needs in Christ?
4. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." Matt 28:18-20 (MSG)
Do you trust God enough to proclaim the gospel through both word and action in order to help others encounter God that they too may grow up in the faith?
5. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… (Psalms 46:1-2 (NIV)
Do you trust God enough that when everything stable in your life is shaken, when all that you depended on falls away, to still cling to Him?