Can Jesus trust you?
“Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Have you ever said, “I’m not sure I can truth them?” We all have. We know what to do. We keep a distance. With those we trust we close that distance. When we cannot trust we hold back something of ourselves and what we can give that individual. We are waiting to see if we can trust them before we give to them.
Discipleship may not be the maturing towards a deeper trust in God. It may be growing to be the believer God can trust.
John moves straight into a story about a man and Jesus knows all people. Nicodemus believed Jesus had come from God, he was thrilled with his teaching and believed because of the signs. However, Jesus was yet to believe and trust him.
There are those who only have eyes for the spectacular. The crowds followed Jesus around the hills and countryside because of his miracles and the ability to provide food for them if they were hungry. It is important to note there is nothing amiss in believing in Jesus because of the miracles in fact John states that is why he is writing his gospel:
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” 20:30-31
These same crowds however would turn from Jesus in chapter 6 because they became unteachable and by the time of the cross they were baying for his blood.
Jesus knew that we are fickle. He knew that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9.
I am sure we have all read something from Leonard Ravenhill. A classic quote is this, “To the question, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” we answer, “Where He has always been-on the throne!” But where are the Elijahs of God? We know Elijah was “a man of like passions as we are,” but alas! we are not men of like prayer as he was. One praying man stands as a majority with God! Today God is bypassing men – not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!”
Sobering that may be, but true.
When He wants to bring salvation to your neighbourhood, family and friends, can He trust you?
When He wants to heal someone, can He trust you?
When He wants you to be faithful in tithes and offerings, can He trust you?
When He wants you to focus more on Him through prayer and fasting, can He trust you?
When He wants you to be kind and loving, can He trust you?
Can He trust you through suffering?
Can He trust you through the valley of the shadow of death?
Can He trust you at the cross?
Many are waiting on God to move in our nation. There are calls of expectation that God will breathe upon the Church and we will have a harvest of souls and our buildings will be full.
Could it be possible that nothing happens in our generation simply because He didn’t trust us? We had not understood that true discipleship is being a follower that is entrusted with His presence and power.
Will we remain as witnesses of Jesus? Are we tellers?
Will we remain teachable? When was the last time we accepted correction?
Will we love people? Are we genuinely a nice person towards others?
A disciple is not a follower. It is a follower who can be trusted.