What does God expect from us?

Posted: October 15, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey
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Some of the answers to that question are simple ones.  God expects us to love Him with everything we are and have (Matthew 22:37-38).  God expects us to love others, people, as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39).  God expects us to live a life of obedience to Him and His Word (John 14:23).  God expects us to make disciples as we go through life (Matthew 28:19-20).

I’m reading Erwin McManus’ newest book, Wide Awake, right now and he said something in what I read this morning that has caused me to pause and think.

When Jesus gives us insight into the kingdom of God, he focused not so much on what God would do for us but instead on what he will expect from us.  Jesus clearly expects us to be fully engaged in this life and the creation of the future.

I’m not sure I’ve always looked at all of the “kingdom of heaven is like” passages through the filter of what my role is today – here and now.  I think many times we tend to look at these parables in light of our future and what we think God is going to do for us as His followers.  McManus’ suggestion is that these passages are not only about the future but more about our role today and what God expects from us as His followers.  Here are some of the “kingdom of heaven” passages.  What do you think God is expecting from us in light of each of these passages?

  • Matthew 13:1-23
  • Matthew 13:24-30
  • Matthew 13:31-35
  • Matthew 13:44-46
  • Matthew 13:47-52
  • Matthew 18:1-9
  • Matthew 18:21-35
  • Matthew 20:1-16
  • Matthew 21:33-46
  • Matthew 22:1-14
  • Matthew 25:1-13
  • Matthew 25:14-30
  • Matthew 25:31-46
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