Last week, we talked about Affirmation.
This week, we are going to be talking about the next important part: Expectation.
Uh oh. I can already see some of you groan at this word.
Why? Because as young people, we have so many wide ranging expectations. Expectations from the media to be rude, lazy, and “in” the crowd. Expectations from parents to do well at school and to go to great universities. Expectations from the church to be constantly giving.
But do you see something? While some of the expectations are great, there is a huge element of pressure.
Let’s now have a revisit to Luke 1:26-38, where the angel Gabriel is telling Mary God’s plan for her life.
Now that God had affirmed her, the angel then tells Mary of God’s calling for her, v 31-33.
Did you just notice how I used calling instead of Expectation? Because that is God’s expectation- His calling for us!
Isn’t that exciting?
We already know the wonderful things that He thinks of us, so our callings must be equally wonderful.
Jeremiah 29:11 famously says:
We are called to prosper! We are called to be a blessing to other people.
Romans 12 enhances our calling as Christians even more by telling us to serve with our gifts gladly, to love one another and to practise God’s Word. But the most important part of that passage is this:
This is what Mary did. This is what Jesus did. This is what many, many of the great people have done in the Bible.
Do you remember last month when I mentioned how as Young People, we should be a positive INFLUENCE to the people and media around us, instead of conforming to their ways? This is what this Bible verse is saying.
This doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy.
Life as a Christian wasn’t meant to be easy.
But if we believe what God has said of us and we follow His calling for us, continuously trusting in Him, then we will make a big difference.
How about you?
Do you talk to Him and listen to what He has to say?
Has God given you a calling?