Biblical expectations shape Christian experience


Life in this world

As evangelical Christians, our faith is built on the firm foundation of Biblical promises. It is founded on what our heavenly Father has revealed and given to us in his Word. And we have far more than we can ever imagine; in the words of Ephesians 1:3-14, we have all the spiritual blessings in Christ and in the age to come, eternal life.

But we must also be clear on what is promised now and what is yet to come. For we cannot demand God’s faithfulness to fulfill promises he has not made for this age. That would be at the very least ignorance on our part if not mere unbelief. The implications of which are far-reaching since when we doubt God because our uninformed expectations don’t match our experience every other facet of our faith is challenged. This is the evil one’s scheme to rob us of joy and contentment in God’s promises for his vain promise of worldly satisfaction.

But should we settle for less?

But you ask, should we give up then on the pursuit of total fulfillment? Shouldn’t we be the best we can be now since God is on our side? I don’t think God wants us to settle for less if anything he promises far more than our wildest dreams in his new creation;

6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.The Lord has spoken…” Isaiah 25.

1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”… Revelation 21.

But the point is we will have all these blessings in the new creation and all the spiritual blessings we need now to get there. But we are not there and it will do us a lot of good to remember that. If we do then we will appreciate what God gives us now without craving more. We will start seeing the world differently and enjoy the rich blessings of knowing God and belonging to his family.

It is when we truly believe this that we can be ready to face the inadequacies of life in this world for we know this is not home for us. And the enemy of our souls will not tempt us with the lie that we are missing out seeing what great spiritual blessings we have in Jesus and the amazing eternal future that awaits us ahead.

Keep your eye on the prize

Forgive me dear Lord for the times I look aside instead of looking ahead. When I stall instead of pressing on towards the prize of the upward heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Teach me like Paul to delight in the great blessing of contentment in you now, doing all things through and for him who enables me as I look forward to your eternal future:

…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4. 


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