Are we living for God or for self? Are we discerning in the daily things of this life? True believers in Jesus Christ must be careful about our expectations or demands on God, other people, and this life. What exactly do we deserve? What do our lives really revolve around?
If our focus and perspective is on the Lord Jesus, we will cultivate a healthy, eternal perspective. If most of our attention or focus is on ourselves, our view as Christians is off-kilter and we cultivate more of a temporary, earthly perspective.
“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” -Shakespeare
What do we ‘deserve’ or expect from this world, our spouse, our job, or from other believers? Do we honestly expect others can, should, or will make us happy?
Many in our society, particularly the younger generation, feel they are owed something because they live in America. What reasonable expectations can we have about life? How about expectations we place on ourselves?
Heart check: Do we have a higher expectation of others to live a holy, sanctified Christian life than we do of ourselves?
SCRIPTURES referenced during today’s program:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn aside from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding produces favor,
But the way of the treacherous is hard.
16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool displays folly. Proverbs 13:12-16
Happiness or Joy? Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Scripture teaches that those who have a relationship with the living God should desire joy more than happiness. Why? One reason is happiness is temporary and often depends on our circumstances. Happiness may be good, but joy can be constant and is much better. Happiness is often fleeting because life happens and circumstances change, but joy in Christ is eternal. I’ll choose the joy of the Lord any day.