Great Expectations

2Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Have you come to the point in your Christian walk that you have discovered that you just can’t reach that point where you don’t measure up to your own expectations, let alone the expectations of God?  Surprisingly enough, your expectations are probably higher than those of God.  I know this sounds wrong but lets examine it for a moment.

By now, you have read enough scripture to know that God’s standard is perfection.  The Bible says, be ye holy as I am holy.  Like you, I tried to be holy.  Time and again I said, this time I won’t be distracted or this time I will stay focused, etc.  Each time I failed and then felt guilty (which I was) and the disappointment in myself grew.  It was so frustrating.  I remembered other times that it seemed like heaven came down an nothing could move me from my love for Jesus.  I had do many questions.  What was the difference?  What was wrong with me?  Why did I fail so miserably?  . . .

The underlying problem wasn’t in my heart, my love for God was real.  I didn’t misunderstand God’s standard of perfection, either.  He never compromised His standard.  So what was the problem.  My dad used to say, You can’t fix it until you know what is broke. (See earlier post on Broken Rules)  The problem was in my perception of how to achieve that level of living.  I was trying to be holy when that is impossible and God was just letting me know that He has a better way.  He will enable me to be Holy.  What I can never achieve, He will empower me to become by bring us closer and closer to Him and learning His ways and what He is like.  This divine power is given as a gift and it enables us in every way to live the life of godliness.

I wasn’t trying to hard, I was trying to do it on my own without Him, to please Him.  The truth is that He is already pleased with me just as I am.  He doesn’t expect me to do it without His power, in fact He will block any and all efforts for me to move in that direction.  He will do the changing if He so desires.  Remember, we are His workmanship.  We don’t need to please Him, just obey Him.

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