God’s Expectation ~ Pst. Belemina Obunge
Topic: GOD’S EXPECTATION
Text: Luke 10:30-36
Speaker: Pst. Belemina Obunge
Date: 18th September 2022. 1st Service
Luke 10:30-36 (KJV)
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Many a time we have opportunities and privileges, God puts us in positions to be a blessing to multitudes and the truth of the matter is that we will not even realize that in doing so we are sowing seed for ourselves. Unfortunately, we miss out on those opportunities and look down on such people.
Proverbs 3:27, Psalm 37:3, the question we should ask ourselves is “what is God’s expectation from me as a Christian?”
God’s expectation for us
- Show Compassion: compassion talks about a deep sympathy for someone that has a misfortune (it may be lack, poverty sickness etc.), it is having empathy towards somebody, it helps you to connect to that person (1 peter3:8). You shouldn’t despise each other or look down on somebody because they are in an unfortunate condition. We show the love of God in us by having compassion (1 John3:17).
- Cherish: treat as dear, show love (Ephesians 5:20-29, Colossians 1:4), God wants us to love another despite our attitude, love is seen in your actions, it is seen in your words, it is seen in going to the extra mile. As we call ourselves Christians (like Christ), let us show love, and be genuinely concerned about each other (Philippians 2:20). It is God’s standard to love.
- Been cautious: be intentionally polite to each other (Titus 3:2), Colossians 4:6 makes us understand that you need grace for your speech to be right and your speech should always be with grace, it should be a lifestyle, constantly asking God to help you, (Ephesians 4:29). Been polite is what makes us standout as Christians.
- Carry one another’s burdened: Galatians 6:1-2, you carry each other’s burdens by listening with empathy, being able to pray for them from your heart, by being a friend (being friendly).
- Celebrate with each other: Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, there’s a time we celebrate with each other.
- My father, my father, whatever in my life that does not bring the celebration to you let it be uprooted in the name of Jesus. Help me oh Lord to show compassion and love despite any situation, help me to be cautious to be polite, use me as an instrument to carry burdens not to condemn but to lift others, and help me to be a blessing to my generations.
- Oh Lord! By your power, uproot from my life whatever does not glorify you.
- Oh Lord! Use me as a blessing to my generation, give me the heart of compassion, and help me to manifest your love with your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen!
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Almighty God, I come before your presence with a sincere heart asking for your mercy, I am very sorry for every act of sin please forgive me Jesus come into my life be my personal Lord and savior, I surrender my life to you, I rededicate my life to you have your way in my life, as from today use me for your glory, thank you, Jesus, for giving me this opportunity by your grace and mercy, I will not fail you in Jesus’ name, amen.