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Expectations – Christians, raise your, Part II

Our thinking versus Christ’s didache proves we need to raise our expectations.

Consider.  Jesus wants to acquaint us with himself through his word; and to encourage our discipleship by exposing us to the great men and women of the Bible, Hebrews 11 a summary; to teach us the great songs of Zion, ancient hymns or substantial contemporary songs.  Yet, we content ourselves with periodic worship and study experiences, shunning deeper-life discipleship for church membership.  We’re too interested listening to secular comedians rouse laughter with vulgar language, graphic sexual descriptions or equally offensive innuendoes.  Instead of a Gospel message, we prefer listening to hucksters of products for skin care, bust enlargement and slender bodies.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  Jesus wants to reveal his Living Word so the Holy Spirit inside our Dying Bodies can prepare them to be changed into eternal glory.  While we satisfy ourselves with eating right, exercising and ingesting every possible cream and vitamin to keep our body fit for a few years.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  Jesus wants to put us into the fire to prove he clothes us with asbestos, and through the flood to prove he covers us with a life preserver.  While we want fire only to warm us and water only to take a refreshing plunge.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  Jesus considered us blessed when we’re persecuted falsely as his disciples.  While we want our faith and the Christian Faith to be accepted, appreciated and fêted.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  Jesus wants us to live in Self-Denial, so we can be full of him.  We instead opt for self-fulfillment, so we can be full of EGO.  Christians, raise your expectations.     – Fini –

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Expectations – Christians, raise your, Part I

Our behavior versus Christ’s demands proves we need to raise our expectations.

Consider.  We want answers to specific requests, and base our obedience on how clearly we understand God’s will.  While Jesus demands we live by faith, trusting him, accepting without complaint unanswered prayer and without explanation unresolved questions.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  We declare we can’t pray for someone we don’t like.  While Jesus demands we pray for them as the means to like them more and dislike them less.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  We lurk in ambush to take revenge when offended.  While Jesus dictates forgiveness that not only won’t seek revenge but takes steps to benefit the offender.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  Jesus wants to liberate us from all our sin by generously forgiving everyone.  While we have grown so comfortable with our old nature we consider Christ’s forgiveness too harsh a remedy for it.  Christians, raise your expectations.

Consider.  Jesus demands that we advance in righteousness from our baptismal experience, consistently leaving our old life ever-farther removed in our rear-view mirror.  While we find lingering in our old nature easier and less demanding, it leaves our discipleship distressingly closer to our old life than Christ’s new.  Christians, raise your expectations.

And consider.  Jesus aims to present us pure, spotless and declared righteous before God Almighty.  While we satisfy ourselves with daily tasks that draw us FROM God’s life to an earthly existence that ends at death.  Christians, raise your expectations.  – End Part I –

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Books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

New Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1

 Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley)