What does God expect of you?
What does God expect of you?
Do you ever feel like your world is unraveling? Do you feel like you are losing your way? Does the compass of your faith seem to becoming more and more cloudy?
We must never allow our faith in Jesus Christ and His church to waiver. The goal and the light that we are desiring to fulfill must remain clear. We must from time to time stop and take an honest look at ourselves. In our society today I believe it is time to stop and take a look around, and remind ourselves who we serve, and which direction the compass of our faith is pointing. These are the times that we need to take a step back and determine to surrender our abilities to God and make plans for the future. In the future what are we going to be able to accomplish for God?
The last 20 years of my professional career I was a project manager, so drawing upon that experience we must determine to make plans for the future, and then work that plan, for God. For example, during times of persecution will you stand up with faith for God? It is very easy to apply Bible verses and truths to issues especially when they don't apply to us. We must know who we are and who we serve, what our faith is, and then determine whether we will stand up under pressure of persecution with faith. We must determine to live a life that is proactively standing for God. Paul tells the us in: Ephesians 6:20 (ESV) 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Paul is stating that he is an ambassador for Christ, he represents Christ in this world.
To the Church in Laodicea Jesus Christ said: Revelation 3:15–16 (ESV) 15 “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Christ went on to tell them what he really and truly expected out of each one of them. Revelation 3:19–21 (ESV) 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Let me define a term “platform” so that you will understand where I am coming from. The term platform is subjective and is different for different individuals. Some people’s platform consists of being in front of large groups. For others, it’s simply a reputation or something for which they are known. For others it may be simply volunteering in their neighborhood and spending time encouraging others, by giving them hope for the future. If God took away your platform would you still love, serve and worship Him with the same passion, zeal, and enthusiasm that you do right now? Sadly, I believe that there are a number of people that would answer that question with a resounding “No”. That would bring up the obvious question: “Why”?
So why would an individual answer that question with a “no”? It might be because they are doing it for their own glory and not for the glory of God. There are a lot of reasons that we could speculate on as to why someone would say no, we won’t go through all of them here.
What does God expect of us? He has revealed that to us in the book of Micah. Micah 6:8 (ESV) 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Each of us must discover the level of passion and engagement for the things we do for God. Why do we sometimes place more value on the things that we are doing for God then we place on the value of what God does for us or who God is? We must determine the way that God sees us and is proud of us by what we are able to do for Him.
It is absolutely unethical when one is so busy teaching that he forgets to be what he teaches. It does seem hypocritical to present a Christian lifestyle as the best possible way, only to continue in our old lifestyle, that actually contradicts your instruction. The kingdom of self is heavily defended territory. It’s interesting how we can find ourselves instinctively reaching for methods of self-preservation when we feel as though our self-image is threatened.
How can we teach the Christian lifestyle to people, while we are not demonstrating that Christian lifestyle to others?