“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Memory Verse: Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105.
A relationship ideally involves a two-way exchange and whiles most people may say they absolutely have nothing to benefit from a relationship they are in, such people seem to get easily frustrated when it appears occurrences in the relationship are not going their way. They want the relationship, either it’s clearly spelt out or silently wished, there are certain expectations from every relationship and our relationship with God the Father, Son and Holyspirt isn’t left out.
As children we have expectations, for one I know that we expect our parents to provide, protect and support us. We even go the extra mile with our expectations as we sometimes have occasions like birthdays and Christmas where we expect special gifts. As a child, I always loved my birthdays just because I know my parents will make sure it was memorable. The expectation from child to parent is very clear though never defined but when a parent invests in their children’s life and meet up to the standard of being called a good parent, they as parents certainly have expectations from the children they have invested on.
The bible tells us God’s expectation from us in Genesis 1:28:” Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Jesus tells us his expectation as from the farther in Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Jesus also tell us the expectation of which all the other laws rest on in Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
The bible is full of expectations, but we easily ignore those and calmly say we have not heard from God and therefore don’t know what’s is expected of us. The expectation God has from is driven from how much He has deposited into us and as such we see that in return, He only expects to the capacity in which he knows you are able to deliver.
A lot of people in the bible knew what God required from them individually. Amos was all about justice, Hosea was about mercy and Isaiah was about obedience and walking with God in humility, but what does God require from you?
For those who He deposited a lot in and are underperforming, there will be consequences for being unprofitable.
Father I thank you for another word of grace
Thank you for your blessings which I daily see
Help me to focus only on you God and serve no man-made gods or creation
Help me to live a spiritually profiting life and fulfil that which you expect of me
Strengthen my relationship and fellowship with you Lord, let me be consecrated to you forever all my life
Let me not be replaced O Lord, use me for Your glory Lord.
Draw me nearer and closer to you, help me to maintain communication with you
Remove every grease in our relationship Lord, let me get to know you more than ever before
Father let my life be an expression of your grace and let your favour be my portion.
Forgive my sins Lord and answer my prayers, in Jesus’ name, Amen.