Pastor Shaun finished his sermon yesterday with this Question: “How do you respond when Jesus does not meet your expectations or match your preconceived ideas?” Great question…. When Jesus came to earth to be with us – most people were expecting a Great and Powerful King. They had in their minds of what Jesus would be and what they expected. They eventually killed Jesus not knowing that he was their Great and Powerful King.
So how do you answer this question? Ilooked up the definition of expectations and here is what I came up with:
- a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen.
- a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be.
So just ponder on this for a moment and come up with your answer. I would give you mine, but it seems to change as my relationship with Jesus becomes stronger.
**I did the same with Preconceived Ideas and here is the meaning on it:
- an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; “he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions”
Have you also done this with Jesus????????????
My good friend Mike P. and I were talking the other day about how we were handling some of our problems and do people still see Jesus in us. I have to tell you it looks allot different for this seasoned person then it did 10 years ago. Mike and I finally came up with a final thought of: Why did it take us so long to start doing it more like Jesus. As we get Older we seem to become more wiser – I just wish that wisdom would have come 25 years ago.
We all seem to fall into that trap of how we perceive the right way to handle our problems instead of seeking out the answer of how would Jesus of handled it. I do have to tell you that I still blow it allot when handling certain issues in my life – especially at work. I seem to fail miserably when it comes to that portion of my life, but I am in luck – I only have one more month. As I was saying – why did it take me so long to understand the will of Christ – I have allot more to learn as I go forward with my relationship with him.
So I have changed that question to: What are Jesus expectations and preconceived ideas of what I should be? Am I measuring up to what he wants from me and am I allowing him to work through me? Hmmmmmmmmm….
So what are your expectations of Jesus?
What are your preconceived ideas of Jesus?
Are you seeking his understanding before your own?
It will be a life time adventure of getting to know the Real Jesus but enjoy it as you are transformed into being more like him!