Here is something I read on Facebook.
by Joshua Agan
Imagine a patient begging a doctor to save his life. “You have to help me! I’m dying and need you!”
The doctor gives him a medicine to take, but the man says “I will research this first, and decide if it is right for me.”
The doctor gives him instructions to follow, but the man says “I like this part and will do it, but that part sounds difficult, and I’m not confident I can manage to do that each day.”
The doctor gives him warnings to avoid danger in his weakened condition, but the man says “good suggestions!” while continuing to do those things.
Does this man trust his doctor? No.
Does the doctor, try as he might, genuinely have a chance of curing such a patient? Also no.
A doctor needs his patient to trust him. That is to say: he needs his patients not only to hear his advice, but to do it.
Liking the doctor, knowing he is smart, and telling others that they should trust him is not the same thing as trusting him for yourself. He needs you to turn over the entire matter into his hands, and do what he says.
Do we do this with Jesus?
“Jesus, save me! I have this fatal illness called sin, and must have your help!”
The Great Physician gives you His words, but we say “I will study this out to see if these sayings are right for me.” We judge first if we will heed the words.
The Great Physician gives instructions to follow, but we say “I like these instructions and will do these, but those others are outdated or difficult, so I’m not confident I really need to do them.” We judge first if we will receive the instructions.
The Great Physician warns you of dangers to avoid, given the infirmity of your flesh, but we say “good suggestions!” while we literally do the exact things Jesus warned against.
How is that trust?
If we behave like this, while claiming to trust, we only deceive ourselves. That is “honor with their lips” while “their heart is far from me.” That is “professing to know Him, but in deeds they deny Him.”
Liking Jesus, knowing He is True, and telling others to trust Jesus mean nothing for you personally if you are not doing His words for yourself.
He needs you to turn over your entire case into His hands: your desires, affections, lusts, cares, concerns, doubts, fears, and infirmities. He has just the remedy which you need. But you need to be a doer of His sayings, not a hearer only.
Will you actually trust the Great Physician?
Matthew 28:18-20 —
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and 👉teach all nations,👈 baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
👉Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:👈 and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 —
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that 👉as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.👈
For 👉ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.👈
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
• That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
• That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
For 👉God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.👈.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 —
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, 👉even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;👈
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness:
from such withdraw thyself..
Luke 6:46-49 —
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Whosoever cometh to me,
and heareth my sayings,
👉and doeth them,👈
I will shew you to whom he is like:
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
But he that heareth,
👉and doeth not,👈
is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the RUIN of that house was great.
Do you TRUST the Great Physician, or do you simply agree that He’s the best and that others should trust Him?