"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1
Trust is an important issue that each man needs to earn and develop in others. Trust is like a two way street where people need to be able to trust you and you need friends you can trust. Your quality of trust is developed overtime by the nature of your character and the way you consistently respond to others. Trust is so fragile that all you have to do is to let someone down just once and you have to rebuild that trust over again.
Itís easy to place your trust in a chair youíve never seen before because very few have been known to collapse or injure the person sitting on it. On the other hand, the trust in a person youíve never met before hasnít been built. Most people need an icebreaker before they are willing to talk with you for any length of time. You do not know what to expect from people you just met because your experience with that person doesnít exist. Once the initial fear is over and you have some experience relating to that personís character becomes open to some trust.
Very few assume that a person is someone they can trust right off the bat. Just five minutes with that person makes a huge difference. Trust begins when you feel you can express yourself freely. Still people are leery of placing their complete trust in you.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10
Trust begins with simple things and develops by taking on greater responsibilities over time. The story the verse above describes spoke about the wise manís handling of his masterís money. The master noted his shrewd handling of his customers that enabled him to put his masterís receipts in his hands on the day he would be dismissed. At the same time he had gained new friends that could keep him in work during his lifetime. Jesus concluded that we should take the money he provides and use it for his glory to make friends over your lifetime.
In the parable of the talents, the master of the household gave three of his servantís assets and responsibilities while he went on a journey to become king. On his return he h rewarded the servants who put his money to work and had an increase with additional responsibilities. The servant who was afraid of his master did nothing to increase the assets that were given to him. The master considered the matter and completely lost trust in his servant. He collected the unused assets from the fearful servant, fired him and threw him out of his house.
Both parables spoke of how trust was built and how that same trust was destroyed. The masterís trust was in the servants ability and the expect return on that trust. He also gave differing amounts to each of his servants according to their ability. This shows that there can be a degree of trust that you can obtain from other people.
Two of the servants went to work immediately taking the responsibility that the master gave them to heart. Before the master returned their efforts had doubled their masterís assets and they were eager to show the profit that they had accomplished. The servants had earned the trust of their master were given additional responsibilities. The servant that did not attempt to place those assets where they would be safe but still have an increase failed the test.
Would the master of the house been considerate if the servants said, --- No! The responsibility is too great. Would the Masterís trust level dropped or would he have said, I know you can do it, I have faith in you. His confidence was based on past experiences and observations and he knew the servantís abilities and their integrity.
The master knew his servantís abilities and had seen them taking on new responsibilities and excelled while doing them. Almost everything they put their hands to do turn out for the masterís good and he saw that they carefully considered the outcome of their decisions before they executed them. Perhaps we should take note that the master gave the least amount of assets to the servant who feared him. His confidence in this servant was not as great because of his past experiences. Itís obvious his experiences with this servant gave him reason for uncertainty yet he wanted to place some trust in him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
For the new convert trusting the Lord is a challenge to apply Godís word to their life and to observe the Lordís response. It may just be a coincidence that things turn just as the Lordís promises said it would. So we test him again and again only to find that he is true to his word. Before we know it we have tested him concerning several promises and found the Lord was true in those promises as well. Every promise he honors earns a deeper trust.
However, trust is like a two way street and God test men to see if they will obey him. (Judges 3:4, Exodus 16:4, and Deuteronomy 8:2 in order to know what was in their heart) Just as Men test the Lord to know that his word is good God tests men to know with certainty whether your heart avoids evil or is bent on doing evil.
When Jesus said you are neither hot nor cold he was revealing that he was uncertain where your loyalties lie. He wants to be certain about your character because he doesnít want the eternal life he has promised to his saints to be ruined by anyone. God is going to weigh the pros and cons of your life through the deeds you have done. Those deeds show with certainty the very nature of your heart.