Expectations? – What Expectations!?
Expectations! We all have them. What are things you expect? Have you ever pondered this question? I have. I expect my car to start each morning. I expect air-conditioning (especially during the summer). I expect Tim and I will have date night every Friday. I expect to go to work each day. I expect to get a lot of things accomplished. I expect… You get the picture. Many times we are disappointed or angry when our expectations are not met.
What does our Heavenly Father expect? Here are some things I feel God expects:
- He wants us to love Him and others. Basically, He wants ALL of us.
“Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.” “Remain in me and I will remain in you.” He wants us to pay attention to Him and his leading. His nudges throughout the day.
- He wants us to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- He wants us to become more and more like Jesus and do what pleases Him
He wants us to be conformed to the image of his Son, obey and be holy as he is holy.
- He wants us to surrender to Him daily
He looks at our heart, who we are and not just what we do. He wants us to trust His leadership in our lives.”Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”
However, they all stem from #1. If we truly love God with our whole being He will ever be on our mind and in our hearts. We will want to please and follow Him above all else.
Some questions you might ponder:
- How do your expectations and God’s align?
- What might God be asking you to do?
- How much do you love Him?
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