We all have things we want from the lord. There are things we think the church should be like, things we should be able to experience and enjoy with other believers. Many of these expectations are dashed when we come to the body of Christ. When we live close to other believers and share each other’s lives there are hardships and disappointments. Our fellow believers are not as Christian as we’d hoped. Worse still we are not as Christian as we hoped. Expectations and human hopes die in the cold light of church life.
But we do not just bring expectations to the church. We also bring a promise, the promise of God.
When God first called Abraham God gave him little information about what lay ahead. He did tell Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation. Abraham expected that his wife would become pregnant quickly as a result. She did not and Abraham’s expectations were dashed but the promise of god though slow in reaching fulfilment was not lost.
When John the Baptist lay rotting in prison he wondered what had happened. he had proclaimed the arrival of the Messiah. He expected that the messiah would overthrow Herod and the hypocritical rulers of Judea. His expectations were disappointed and he sent a message. are you the one or should we look for another. In other words ‘was I wrong?’
Jesus replied ‘the blind see, the lame walk and the deaf hear.’ In other words ‘am I the one – Yes!’
John’s expectations were disappointed but the promise of God was fulfilled. the Messiah had come to save the world. the veil was torn in two and man was reconciled to God.
Expectations are always disappointed but the promise of God remains. If you have moved to a church and shared your life with other believers then things you expected have not come to pass. Perhaps you wonder whether the things deep inside you will ever be. I cannot promise you that the life deep inside you will be satisfied but this I know. The promise of god is not forgotten. If there are things deep inside you which have endured years in the church and have not been fulfilled but have not died or disappeared perhaps there is a time to bring them out.
When we are part of something close knit we all want to fit in. We do things because this is how they are done. We avoid doing things because this is not how they are done. The church should always be ready to do things a different way. The biggest single reason Christians do anything is because other Christians have done it this way before them or around them.
We do not need to be tied to tradition. Raise again things that are in your heart. Raise again what is deep within you and bring it before the church. You may be surprised. And if you are not don’t worry. All things of the Lord have a time and a place. Perhaps the time has not come for this . But if the Lord placed it in your heart then it will survive and it will have a time.