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Friday, December 26, 2014

Extended Obedience, 5: Expect



“…This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” Ananias’ obedience would be one of the key components to unlocking the unfathomable purpose that would be Saul’s life. Ananias, in trusting and obeying, had to believe that there was something big that God had determined for Saul’s life. Though he had no way of seeing or knowing, Ananias had an expectation of God for Saul. His obedience reflected that expectation. He wouldn’t allow what he had seen, had heard, or had felt in regards to Saul, to poison his expectation and hope that Jesus Christ could change a life. After all, Jesus had changed him.

We all know what it is like, I’m sure, for others to have low expectations for us. Low expectations usually stem from high expectations that have gone unmet. Sometimes it is an expectation that we’ll do the opposite or less than expected because that has been our norm in the past. Thank God that He can change us from who we were, to who we are, and into who He has always designed us to be. In return, be willing to expect that God can use you to see a miraculous changed in those around you. Whether it’s where you’re going or right where you are, expect that the same change that Jesus has made in you, He can make in others. Don’t become overly focused on the mistakes or missed expectations in others. Their mistakes don’t have to define them. Let them see that you expect that God can be the hope they need. When you obey, God opens your eyes to a greater expectation for what He can do.

Extended Reading Option: John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9

Extended Journal Option: How has God changed you in spite of the low expectations others may have had on you? How does that challenge you in seeing others beyond their mistakes?

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