Earn Trust, Then Lead

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Insight

We’ve talked before about the idea that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. The idea that we are to follow Jesus and live the life He designed for us relies solely on our ability to trust that He is who He says He is. Many times, we confuse leading with teaching. We know that Jesus had much to teach, and the Gospels attest to this fact.

But what does any of that matter if we don’t trust Him, or have confidence that the Bible really is His Word?

One thing that seems reassuring is that Jesus didn’t just come and rattle off all of these rules and tell people when they were wrong. Jesus lived in such a way that those around Him came to trust Him by His actions, not just by His words.

Like much of what Jesus says, today’s devotional passage isn’t about rules or orders. It’s a simple reminder that He will always be there for us. It’s an invitation to trust.

It’s easy to think that we have something to teach, and often we feel surrounded by people that need to learn. But before we jump into teaching, we have to remember to lead as we go; that in our day-to-day lives people are watching us to see if we can be trusted. We have to live in such a way that people want to hear what we have to say and will be willing to trust us to help make changes in their lives.

Reflection

  • Where do you feel like you might be able to lead? Do these people already trust you?
  • Are there things in the Bible that you struggle to believe, or apply to your life? Does this have any correlation to a lack of trust in Jesus?

Prayer

God, help me to trust in who You are. I don’t desire just a head knowledge of facts, but an understanding of truth based off of experiencing Your faithfulness. May I live in such a way that people will not only trust me but trust You and Your love for them. Help me to steward the influence I’ve been given. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

PC3 writer Annalee Thomasson wrote today’s devotional.