Good Morning Men of Purpose,
our morning scripture is: 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God.
Food for Thought: Have you ever failed to meet your own expectations? Expectations are a double-edged sword. In the work world, we need them for our annual evaluations so we know if we’ve hit our employer’s needs and our goals. Essentially there are three boxes: Did I exceed expectations, meet expectations, or NOT meet expectations. Nobody wants to be in that last box! But here’s the cool thing about God... He doesn’t have expectations of us. Since the beginning of time, we have always, and will always, check the “did not meet expectations” box. Some may give up and look to something else to bring them joy and a sense of success. Some may be run down from constantly trying to exceed expectations because they are always falling short. And that kind of life is tiresome and void of hope. But good news! God loves us so much that He sent Jesus so we could finally throw these expectations off of ourselves and rest in His unconditional love for us, flaws and all. Now, does having no expectations mean we can do whatever we want? Not at all! God doesn’t play little mind games like we do,by having unspoken expectations. He gets straight to the point and shares His design and desire for our lives in the form of commands. John explains the difference between expectations and commands beautifully in 1 John 2:1-6. We can’t meet the expectations of being sinless, so Jesus came to cover us. Once we throw off the expectations we think others have of us and those we put on ourselves, then we refocus our energy into following His simple commands. That’s when we experience the true freedom of being truly and wholly devoted to Christ. These priorities are not expectations to miss and fall short of. These priorities are opportunities for us to follow His loving commands and see all He can do when we go all in!