There are many opportunities during the Christian’s life to prove himself/herself to be trustworthy or untrustworthy. God, who knows the heart of man, looks at these various tests throughout your life (whether they come in the form of trials, temptations, or persecutions) and will reward or punish you accordingly. Does God have confidence that you will conduct your life in a way that pleases Him? Or, does God know that you will only please Him whenever it is not too much of an inconvenience to you? Are you trustworthy?
God Is Trustworthy
As you consider your own trustworthiness, take a few moments to consider the trustworthiness (faithfulness) of God. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that “God is faithful” and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear, but will make a way of escape that you may be able to bear the temptations.
God’s faithfulness means that you can place your full trust in God. You can have complete confidence in God – that He will always do according to what He has said! After all, it is “impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). Now, just think about how much God’s trustworthiness means to you. Then, consider whether you are living your life in a way that reciprocates God’s trustworthiness. Can God count on you to serve Him?
Trustworthy As A Steward
Every person who lives on this earth is a steward. A steward is a manager over things that are entrusted to his/her care. Namely, every person has been blessed by God with resources that He expects to be put to use in His service. These resources include things like time, money, health, possessions, relationships, opportunities, etc.
Then, not only is every person a steward of these things; but, every person will be judged to either have been a good and trustworthy steward or a bad and untrustworthy steward. For instance, in 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Paul says, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
Matthew 25:14-30 helps to understand the responsibilities of stewardship. In this passage, Jesus teaches a parable about a man who was going to travel to a distant country. This man called three of his servants together and divided his possessions among them, entrusting them to their care. Each of these three servants was only entrusted with what the master knew he could handle (according to his abilities). Therefore, one of the servants was entrusted with five talents (Note that a talent was a certain weight of gold or silver). Another servant was entrusted with two talents. And, the final servant was entrusted with one talent. Then, the master went away on his journey.
Whenever the master returned, he came to those servants to settle accounts with them. At this time, he evaluated how each one of the servants managed what he had been entrusted with and he was either rewarded or punished accordingly. The five talent man had been a trustworthy steward – and gained five additional talents. The two talent man had also been a trustworthy steward – and gained two additional talents. The master was pleased with both of these servants for their trustworthy stewardship – and rewarded them. However, the one talent man had not put his talent to work in the master’s service. Instead, he had hidden his talent in the ground – and simply returned that one talent to the master. The master was not pleased with this servant – because he had not been a trustworthy manager of his possessions. Therefore, this servant was punished.
This parable demonstrates that Jesus Christ has entrusted certain things into your care and that He will “settle accounts” with you when He returns (in the final Judgment). He does not expect anything from you that you are unable to do (He knows your abilities). However, He does expect you to be trustworthy as a manager of those things He has entrusted to you (like the things identified earlier). Then, you will either be rewarded or punished for how you have put those things He has blessed you with to use in His service.
Trustworthy In Speech
Not only does God expect you to be trustworthy with regard to the things He has blessed you with; but, He also expects your words to be trustworthy. Just as God “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2), God expects those who are His people to refrain from all lying and deceit. For instance, Ephesians 4:25 says, “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.”
God does not approve of any kind of speech that is either a directly false statement (lie) – or speech that intentionally misleads others (deceit). Both of these things demonstrate a crafty heart that is not interested in the way of truth. There are no acceptable exceptions (not even a “white lie” to spare someone’s feelings). God expects His people to be speaking words that convey the truth at all times so that they are trustworthy in what they say. Others should never have to be uncertain that you are telling them the absolute truth!
Trustworthy Unto Death
You have the responsibility of conducting your life in a way that is trustworthy – through the point of your physical death. Consider Revelation 2:10: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” As Jesus addresses these words to Christians in the city of Smyrna, He warns them that they are going to be experiencing a time of great persecution. However, He encourages them to remain faithful (trustworthy) to God, promising them that they will receive the “crown of life” in Heaven if they do!
There will be many things that come along in your life that will put your trustworthiness to the test. Will you do the will of God at these times – or will you act contrary to the will of God? Will God be able to count you among the few on this earth who will faithfully execute His will? Will you conduct your life in a way that proves you to be a trustworthy steward (properly putting the things He has entrusted to your care to use in His service)? Or, will you choose to misuse the things He has entrusted to you (using them instead on your own pleasures)?
Those who devote their lives to being trustworthy in God’s sight are the only ones who will be given the crown of life in Heaven (Revelation 2:10). Are you being a trustworthy servant of God and a trustworthy steward?