What God Expects from us. What is our Expectation?
Dear Children of God what is your expectation. When your friends have asked me to give a sermon I was reluctant because I have not given any English sermon. But on 18th morning I had a thought of expectation. Your friends have come with an expectation that I will give a sermon which will be usefull in your life. As corporate employees you have certain commitments and you are expected to keep up the terms and conditions of your company. But you have come here taking extra pains and devotion to come and attend the Fellowship Prayer in time so as not to miss the sermon and want to be among the people of God Praising Him.
Yes you too have some expectation in your mind which you want to get through Prayer. Or you are expecting some comfort from God our Living Saviour the matter you do not want to disclose even to your friend. But your expectation is that God will give you comfort or He will deliver you from the problem. True! When I was preparing this sermon I expect the flow of words from God as the message should reach and it should be as per His guidance.
Let us see What God Expects from us. What is our Expectation? In fourteen chapters the computer has picked up seventeen verses. I have selected some apt verses.
First of all His expectation is that we should fear God the Lord Jesus Christ and not the Idol showing some fearful face as per the Imagination of the scupltor. Levi 25: thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God. Due 5: 29. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!. 24. And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
Gen 22: 12 for now I know that thou fearest God. Ps 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Ps 115: 13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
The second thing is when we fear God our Living saviour Lord Jesus Christ God Pour Knowledge / Wisdom on us as In proverbs Prov 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: As an Ordinary man we need knowledge for dealing with every aspects of life, this we get from God.
Third thing when we fear the Lord the Bible says He is mindful of us and He will bless us, that too whether great or small, but first He wants the obdience. Eve the second creation of our Lord disobeyed without the fear of God and He has cursed both Adam and Eve. So the Fearless disobediance of Eve and Adam caused big damage to His own lovable creation of human being. He has created in His own Image. .Ps 115: 12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; 13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. So let us humble ourselves and fear God and obey His words and not as we say, will try to do something.
As a child we expect all the things whatever we like. As we Grow we are expected to reach high standard. As a teen ager we rxpect a good match. Ps.128 3. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. As grown up children our parents expects us to get married and have grandchildren. 1 cor 7: 33. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34. but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
God expects the husband to honour comitment to thir wife so as wife to the husband,
1 Peter 3: 7. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
In this wicked World every one has some expectations. One expects great things. Others have also some expectaions. Even the lazy expects something without doing anything. In the bible we see Acts 3: 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
The expectation of the group is some alms, not the only person in suffering but group may be two or three. But what happened. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: By giving some money Peter could have helped the group but God spoke to him and he has releived of his suffering. That person need not depend on others he can walk and do what ever he likes.
So as in Luke 3: 15. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; People expect deliverance so they expected Messiah to come and rescue them. So they thought John as Christ. 16. John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
There is one more instace about the expectation of the Richman whos expectation is to cool his tongue then aleast to save his brothers from the place of torment
Luke 16: 19. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28. For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. But the richmans desire has not been fulfilled.
Now coming to our expectations some of us want to have our own insititution. Some wants to become the chairman / Managing Director. Some of our desire is to be contented with what we have. Now our aspiration is to be the true children of God. That is good. Our expectation and Gods expectation never match because he has a plan of us. Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For that reason we should not feel that our aspirations will not be fulfilled. Our aim should be to achieve the thing but with His Guidance. Every time our motive or aspiration figures first but God Always want us to seek, first the kingdom of God. Mat 6: 33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Our first love should be for Him only. Mat 16: 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
1 John 4: 10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Philip 3:13 I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Luke 12: 29. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things? 31. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Hebrew 13: 5. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Let us follow the foot steps of the people who have shown the light to people of yester years.
God taught us sacrifice. He has sacrificed His Life for our sins. So as we should also sacrifice some of luxuries. Yes in those days our people were penniless and they are not blessed with food every day. And those people in some foreign countries sacrificed their food of Taste say sugar or others and collected the money and sent missionaries to our place and with that sacrifice only people like me my fore fathers were able to know the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now I am able to explian about His expectation. Yes those days with a meagre income people fed their children. We may talk about recession and so on but God has blessed us more than an ordinary citizen of India. With the sweat of our parents or planning of the Government we are able to reach to this level. Let us sacrifice something for Proclaiming the word of God to the Perishing People. What is our involvement in that process? We can talk so many things under the roof that will not help. Our actual involvement only will reach the uncared people of the society. We have got the blessing to taste the love of our living God. But still there are people who are offering their head to break open a coconut and expect something from the Idol God. So vested people are exploiting the inocence of the people now we have to work and give some time or put some effort to bring this people to the Light of our Jesus Christ. Only through Him we will be able to get eternity. Phili 1: 6. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phili 1 20. According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Ps 9:18. For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever?
In Dueteronomy Chapter 10 verse 13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? God want us to keep the commadments. As the father Who expects the child to obey. With so much love for the child we are lienient thinking that we are training him properly but the ultimate result is the expectation of the parents miserably fails. If we obey the comandments of the Lord we can avoid this to happen in our life with loveable children, God expects us to obey His Command ments and we are not so we are not able to get the full comfort that god wants us to give. Unless otherwise we know what is what we will not face problems so God Himself allow us to pass through problems. Isaiah 54: 7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
When our expectations are not fulfilled we complain that we go to church regularly read the bible regularly and God has closed His eyes. Are we following the commandments of our Lord? Does our commintment ends by going to church and reading bible. No we have got the salvation freely from god and we are to spread His Words in any way. If we are able to save one soul per month we will be able to reach 12 persons in a year,
Let us work hard to achieve our goal of saving the perishing souls. Yes let us take a vow to meet one person or we have so many tools to reach people let us send an email to one person or send an SMS to one person about the love of God which we have tasted. It is our duty to tap their door and He our Living Lord will take care of the rest. Even in the internet Fradulent people are sending 1000 emails to unknown people about a Lottery or a big money which is in their banks and some one should help them to get them on their behalf and share a good amount. About 10% respond expecting the windfall. Hoping the promised big share will give them properous life. They send their hard earned money (to make quick money) to the people as processing fees or other finally end in problem. But in our case we are showing the true light in the darkness. We are blessed people that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our saviour and we are getting or we know the way of life which will lead to eternity. Isaiah 41:9. I have chosen thee, Acts 22: 14 The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. Now is it not our responsibility to light a candle in the tunnel of hope in the life of our friends or relatives? Let us not be selfish that we have the blessing let us share the love of Jesus Christ all who knows us. Proverb 24: 14. So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. Jere 29: 11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
To sum up you may ask me what is your contribution. All the people invoved in this type of social work or gospel work are getting some funds from foreign courtries and talking so much. In my case from the age of 12 I have started distributing tracts. I was self employed enterepuner. I started the small scale Industry without proper Knowhow I trusted God and started everyaction with Prayer. He have given me wonderful orders from places which I cannot imagine. Say Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Atomic Research Kalpakkam, Hindustan Teleprinters. Indian Space Research Organisation, Indian Institute of Technilogy, Electronic Test Development Center etc. I can boldly say it is truly because I have completley relied upon His way. 90% of the work comes to my office. I have fabricated Stainless steel testing equipment for the Mahedragiri Liquid Propelsion Facility.
Every Wednesday evening I used to visit Besant nager Beach or marina and many places where people gather to distribute tracts. When I was engaged in distributing tracts some one throw stones. Every stone is a steping stone in my life. I have never opted for full time ministry but when my father and mother left in 47 days gap I felt it was my duty to help the needy sick people of the society. I have starrted this Mosjos Mission taking the first three letters from my father’s and mothe’rs name. My own people made fun of it but as on date fifteen long years passed. I have conducted numerous free medical camps from own funds selling the properties I have earned in the past. I have printed tracts. Ind the year 2003 when some act has been passed against even distributing tracts and propagation of christianity I have started this Mosjos Evangelical Mission Trust with the hope of constructing minimum 2000 churches. And started the Mosjos Bible Institute so as to bring more people to preach the gospel. But that is not to my expectation. I feel God has His Own Plan.
Galatians 1: 11. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Because when I have asked to give a message I simply I said I will inform but at about 3 15 a.m I woke up and my thought goes about expectations. Colossians 4: 2. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3. Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4. That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Finally Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Ps. 51: 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 2 cor 8:10 10. And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.
Message Prepared by Pastor. Moses Justin Nirmal Kumar, Mosjos Mission Church, 456/16. Moses Avenue, First Main Road, Thiruvanmiyur.Madras 600041. Tamilnadu. India. email@example.com on 18-08-2009 To join in Mosjos mission click http://mosjos.ning.com/?xgi=dquWKsk : http://mosjoshealthcare.org/uncared.htm
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