9th October 2018

Godly Expectations 

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Jude 21 (NKJV UK) 

Apparently we’re all living longer these days, which has implications for our health and how we manage old age. I’m sure that we’re not likely to reach Methuselah’s great age, but it does have implications for our Christian lives.

Consider: When I was working in the City of London, I used to attend lunchtime concerts held at Samuel Pepys’ (of diary fame) old church in Hart Street. Around the walls were many memorials to past worshippers. The vast majority all died young. Fifty was an average, except for one man who was noted for his great age of 84 years when he died. As we grow older, I am finding that my knowledge about the Christian life, about my God and about what he wants for me, and from me, grows deeper in understanding and expectation than I could ever have imagined over a couple of years ago.

If the good die young, then the experienced have had time to amass more understanding and application. As we grow in that understanding, in being closer to our God, in walking daily with him, it seems to me that in time we can only be of more use to him. God, I would suggest, is not in the business of creating lots of little yellow pencils. Rather, he wants us to remain as individuals, to be developing our own personalities and outlooks on life, but growing in harmony with God’s nature and ways of working.

So many Christians continue in their Christian lives without any apparent change, and without any apparent personal progress. This has to be selling God short and dismissing what God expects and desires from us. We have so many expectations from God, yet we seem so often not to realise that God has expectations from us.

Holy Father, your vision of our future is beyond our imagining, but yet you have given us some insight that we can grasp. Help us to match our progress in this Christian life to your expectations for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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