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God’s Clear Expectations For Believers

Posted: Friday, April 8

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Deuteronomy 32:28-52
Luke 12:35-59
Psalm 78:56-64
Proverbs 12:24 

 

Verse of the day:

The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. (Luke 12:47)


Frustration takes over the workplace when assignments are not communicated clearly to employees.  When supervisors fail to outline tasks, goals or vision with clarity, their team is left to guess and hope that their efforts will meet expectations.  

 

 

In contrast, when management delivers focused objectives, everyone on the team knows they have a role to play in leading the organization toward success.  Employees know what is expected of them.  In this type of environment, the employee who knows what they are supposed to do and fails to do it justifiably faces consequences.

 

 

Jesus clearly told the disciples to do God’s will and advance His kingdom.  This is just as true for Christ followers today.

 

 

We know God’s will by seeking Him in prayer, reading the Bible and listening to mature believers.  God’s will involves using our time, skills and resources to build up others spiritually and introduce unbelievers to the eternal hope found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

 

Jesus said to his closest followers, “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows” (Luke 12:47 NIV).

 

 

Being ready includes striving toward a morally pure life, aiming to be more like Christ today than we were yesterday.

 

 

Jesus warns that those who know God’s will and choose to ignore Him will face consequences.

 

 

Yes, the standard is high.  However, we can be thankful that we’re not left wavering in a spiritual guessing game.  Our Heavenly Father clearly communicates that all believers are expected to seek and carry out His plan.  Also, we are not on our own.  Each of us is equipped with the Holy Spirit to carry out God’s will for our lives.