REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS:
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:
Scripture is filled with reminders of consequence of disobedience, God’s blessings upon his creation and embracing the concept of discipleship. All instructions and examples are written and explained for your own growth and direction as you seek to become diligent workers and followers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us open our hearts and minds to what the Lord has to say and his great expectations. Now the Lord spoke… (Exodus 12:1); then preparations for the journey to the Promised Land commiserates, thus following consequences of disobedience. “He, who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2: 7; NKLV)
Remember our history and be warned, all our ancestors were led through the wilderness under the mighty hand of God, fully protected; but, just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of them was defeated by temptation during hard times and God was not pleased. Today as Christians we must never try to get God to serve us instead of us serving him. We must be careful not to stir up discontent and strife among one another because we are just as capable of messing up as they were. Don’t be so naïve and self-confident, you’re not exempt. Just as they felled, you are subject to fall likewise, so, it behoove each of you to forget about self-confidence; it’s useless, cultivate God-confidence.
When you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. You don’t reduce Christ to what you are; he raises you to what he is. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace. In him we have obtained an inheritance… in him you also trusted, after you heard the truth, the gospel of your salvation… (Ephesians 1:7-14)
It is God’s expectation that we learn to live in obedience and harmony with love for one another. You are to encourage the weaker ones in the faith, for all are saved by the grace of God. Whatever your goals are, your purpose, work to perfect that which lives in you with all diligence. For the scripture says, there are diversities of gifts, but the same Lord, and there are diversities of activities, but the same God who works all in all (1 Corinthians 12:4-6), so grow in grace, love and peace.