Trustworthy

September 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Last night I led a Bible study at a facility for boys. Seven young men and three staff attended. Our topic was John 6:35, where Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.” We spent considerable time on what Jesus meant by this, looking at the entirety of John 6. As my time was drawing to a close, I asked the boys one final question: “Have you ever trusted in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation?”

In my opinion, this is the single most important question each of us must ask ourselves. Our eternal destiny hangs in the balance. Most times when I ask how it is that someone gains eternal life, whether in a youth facility or on the streets, I get the same, wrong answer. Many people have faith in Jesus but not to the exclusion of their own good works. Over and over again in the Bible the key to salvation is faith in Christ’s completed work of redemption on the cross, plus nothing of our own merit.

The people of Jesus’ day wrestled with the same thing and asked what works would make one favorable with God. Jesus replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent” (John 6:29). Jesus was saying that the only “work” anyone can do to be oriented favorably with God is to believe.  I then asked the young men sitting around me at the table if they have ever believed in Jesus to the exclusion of their own sense of self-righteousness. One young man said, “I’ve believed, but never like that.”

In fact, most of the boys had never believed quite like that before. The reason? Trust. They all have trust issues. They’ve all been let down by people who should’ve cared. They’ve been lied to, abandoned, abused. To trust is just too risky. One 20 year old said that he has an invisible wall guarding his heart. He lets it down only after he is sure he can trust someone, and even then he admits he still gets hurt.

Their stories of disappointment were still fresh, as I could visibly see. I acknowledged that people do let us down. That sometimes the people who should love us the most are the ones who abandon us and leave us for lesser things. But I reminded the boys that Jesus never leaves nor forsakes those who put their trust in Him. It is He, alone, who satisfies. “He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

I’m praying that the seeds of the Bible, which were planted again last night, would take root in each of their hearts and grow up into faith regardless of trust obstacles that may be in the way.

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