Maybe it’s also “Can God trust you?”
Let me explain. We know that being ‘good’ doesn’t get us into heaven, right?
Trusting in Jesus as our Saviour who made the sacrifice for our sin is what saves us, not our good works. If you have any doubt about how that works, listen in to Part 3 of Afterlife where I explain how salvation works as clearly as I know how.
So the first question is “Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?” If the answer is yes, you are a Christian.
But maybe there’s a second question.
Can God trust you?
Look at what Jesus says in Luke 16: 10-12. If you can’t be trusted with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches of heaven?
What you do doesn’t get you into heaven, but it has some bearing on what you’ll do in heaven.
In the same way that you give more responsibility to people who have a track record of being responsible, Jesus foreshadows that this will also be what happens in heaven. We’ll have work to do. We’re not 100% sure what that is, but it intrigues me.
Here’s the bottom line. Who you are becoming today impacts what you’ll do tomorrow.
And God is asking, are you trustworthy?
Why not review who you’re becoming and what you’re doing in light of eternity?
How are your
Care for yourself and others?
Because who you are and what you do today has an impact on what you’ll be entrusted with tomorrow.
Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
Do you gravitate toward responsible people or irresponsible people? Why would God want you to embrace greater responsibility?
Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
What difference would it make in your life if you believed that God was asking whether he could trust you, not just whether you trust him?
Become – Because those who believe can become someone new.
So…God isn’t done with you yet? What area of your life could use the greatest attention in terms of becoming more personally responsible with what God has entrusted you?
Dear God, I thank you that what we do today will matter tomorrow. While that’s an awesome responsibility, I know you’ll be here to help me. I thank you for that. I need that. Work in me and through me today. Through Christ we pray, amen.
– by Carey Nieuwhof