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02/11/2009

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Great Expectations


In Dickens' novel, Great Expectations, Pip's "expectations come in three stages of his life. It is an interesting work, but I guess my interest for today's purpose is the title. Our lives are filled with expectations of different kinds. As we set goals for ourselves, hopefully these expectations come to fruition in our accomplishments.

When we come to worship the Lord on His day, what are our expectations? Same old, same old?? You know....A few songs and prayers and getting to listen to another revised, revamped and regurgitated sermon. (I'm not being very kind to myself, am I?) I think that our expectation ought to be that we have an appointment with God. Not that God is not with at other times, but we ought to expect Him to be there when we come to worship. We should indeed!

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks" (John 4:23 & 24). Our God is expecting true worshipers. Is that you and me?

Does He arrive finding us expecting to find Him?

When we plan our worship, we ought to do so with the expectation of an encounter with Him. Jesus is with us when we gather about His table. (Luke 22:18) The Holy Spirit is there to intercede for us in our prayers. (Rom. 8:26)

Let us come not just expecting an encounter, but in expectation of His power! As His Word is read, taught and preached, we should expect our hearts, and hearts of others to be moved. As prayers are offered, expect God to answer. As songs are sung expect to be taught and encouraged by our brothers and sisters as we all "consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Heb.10:24). The greater our expectations, the more meaningful our worship will be.

Have a wonderful day...Let you light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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