God’s Care for You Part 2
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
What are those things that we trust to Christ? I will give you three of them, this morning:
1. We trust Him for the salvation of our souls. It says in John, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) There is no other road that can be taken that leads to salvation. Jesus said that it is a narrow road, and that there are few who travel it. We trust in Christ for our salvation, and nothing else. We can’t depend upon our own goodness, for to God, our righteousness is like “filthy rags”. We can’t trust in church membership, because to Christ there is only one church, and it is invisible. The Bible calls it His Bride, and its congregation is the born again children of God, who have trusted in Him. We can’t trust in baptism or communion, or any other ordinance of the church to save us, because those things are for the people of God, those who are already trusting in Christ. We can’t depend upon the prayers of a loving mother or father, or of a spouse. There is only one name under heaven, whereby men are saved, and that is the lovely name of Jesus.
2. We trust Christ to keep us saved. Jesus said, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” (John 10:28-29). No one, not even Satan, can touch our souls. We are safe in the hands of God. Christ is the Good Shepherd. We can trust that if He starts out with 100 sheep, He will bring all 100 home. I am thankful, that I am not trusting in my own goodness to keep me a child of God, because I sin many times every day. I am trusting in My Shepherd, who when I wander off, will leave the 90 & 9, and come and get me, and bring me back to the fold.
3. We trust Christ to preserve the heavenly kingdom, for that is the place that we will go to one day, to be with Our Lord. Jesus said this about that place, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (John 14:1-4)
We know, that what we entrust to Him, that it is in safe hands; that He is a great trustee of those things. On the other hand, God has entrusted us with something very precious; He has made us stewards of our souls. Man or woman, you have a soul committed to you, and there will come a day when that soul will be inquired after. What have you done with it? Who did you offer it to? God of Satan? How was it employed, in the service of Satan, or in the service of Christ? There is a day approaching, and it will be a very solemn and awful day, when we must give an account of our stewardship; give an account of our souls.
To illustrate this, Christ told a parable about an unjust steward. It begins, “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.” (Luke 16:1) This is the story of a rich man and his unjust steward. A steward is a man who has charge of another man’s goods. Abraham had a steward, you remember, who had charge of all his possessions. It was Abraham’s steward who went on a trip to Haran to find a bride for Abraham’s son Isaac. David had stewards, who had charge over all the king’s possessions, including his children. Paul tells us, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)
The steward in this parable would correspond to the president of a corporation. He had charge of the rich man’s goods. He was guilty of malfeasance and misappropriation of funds. The unjust steward wasted the goods of his master. The day of reckoning came to this man and he had to give an account, for Jesus said in the parable, “And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.” (Luke 16:2)
We will also have to give an account of what we have done with our souls. If you have committed your soul to Christ, you can be certain He is able to keep it, and that He will give you comfort, and bring you into His presence, and into your heavenly home.
Let us praise our Heavenly Father and give Him thanks for saving us, for keeping us saved, and for our future eternal heavenly home. Rest in Him today, knowing that He will never leave you alone and that you are safe in his hands. His presence is at all times with you, because His Holy Spirit is in your heart.
Let’s end our service this morning with our prayer of gratitude for Him saving us, and for keeping us saved, for loving us, for caring for us and for our eternal home in heaven that He has promised us.
If you are not certain this morning that you are going to heaven, when you depart this life, and would like to be certain, I can show you in God’s word how you can know that you are saved and you can also experience God’s love and care.