Thursday, April 15, 2010

Great Expectations

Here is the scene from John 4:46-54: Jesus has just done his first major sign in Cana of Galilee. He is traveling back from Jerusalem, through Samaria, when he is met by a royal official. The royal official tells Christ that he must stop what he is doing and travel 20 miles out of the way to heal his son. The official tells him that his "dear son" is near death. Jesus also has a group following him from Galilee that are looking for his next sign. They have heard of his fame and see that he has committed disciples. Jesus also has a young boy whose life hangs in the balance.

Okay, so maybe our lives are not that dramatic, but the point is this: everyone has an expectation of what you should do, how you should do it and who you should be. Jesus faced expectations from every direction.

He maintained poise and followed what God wanted him to do.

Expectations will destroy you and your ministry/life.

Unrealistic Expectations that we put on ourselves to be someone we are not.

Performance-Based Expectations that we have to meet certain numbers or standards to please other people.

Pseudo-Expectations that God expects us to perform for His love.

Leading, especially pastoring, is one of the toughest vocations because of everyone's expectations of you and the expectations you place on yourself.

All of God's expectations for you were met in Jesus Christ. Stop trying to gain his favor.
Stop trying to please everyone. You are who you are. Like yourself. Be happy with who you are.

I refuse to let my denomination, church members, friends or family set expectations of myself that are based on performance. My church attendance does not dictate my signifigance. I refuse to place expectations on myself to impress others. I am who I am. Like it or leave it.

Leaders who start movements crucify the "Great Expectations."

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