The first words we read in the Bible, in Genesis 1:1, are “In the beginning, God created…” Furthermore, we see in Genesis God has specially created mankind in His image (Genesis 1:27). He is the Creator of the world and the Creator of man. If we truly meditate on these truths, something important comes into our view. We begin to see that our life is not our own. We do not live, in all honesty, as those who are entitled to the things they want. Rather, we understand that our life has been entrusted to us by God. Each day is a gift from God and is given and entrusted to us by the One who created us (James 4:3-17). Therefore, we are the Lord’s and we are to live to Him (Romans 14:7-9). As He has created us, so we are to worship Him. Yet, knowing we have been entrusted by God with life and that we belong to Him, we have failed and have fallen short. The God who is perfect and holy, just and good, wants a relationship with us. Yet, because of our sin, we have been separated from God. We have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and we deserve hell because we have rebelled and have forsaken the one true God. We deserve the penalty of death because of our sin (Romans 6:23). However, the God who is just is also the very same God who is merciful and full of grace. No amount of works by us could ever help us save ourselves and nothing we can do can save us from this penalty. Only God could and only God did. He paid the penalty for our sin. He sent God the Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and to rise again to be Lord over all and to give us eternal life. God has loved us, even in knowing every sinful thing about us, and has sent His Son to die for us (Romans 5:8). While we have tried to live ‘entitled’ lives, thinking we deserve this and that, God has shown us we must live lives that He has entrusted to us. He has entrusted to us His mercy and grace upon the cross. We cannot earn His salvation through works. To reiterate, we can never save ourselves from hell. Only by grace through faith can we be saved and have that fellowship and relationship with God (Ephesians 2:8- 9). Thus, not only have we been entrusted with life by God, but we have been entrusted with a choice. What God has done for us on the cross calls for a response. We can either reject His offer of the gospel and live in eternal torment or we can repent of our sins, confess with our mouth and trust in our heart Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and be saved from our sins (Romans 10:9, 10, 13). With what God has entrusted to us, we must respond. There are eternal consequences. May we look to Christ and continually put our trust in Him.
- Have you truly repented of your sins and placed your faith in Jesus Christ?
- How does seeing life from an ‘entrusted’ mindset, compared to an ‘entitled’ mindset, affect how you live your life?