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Friday, October 10, 2014

Other's Expectations

The desire to seek the approval of men is persistent and subtle.  Galatians 1:10 reminds us that doing so removes us from service to our Lord.  But it is subtle.  It is one of the things that the enemy will use to try to sideline us.  Sometimes the pressure comes from the Christian community.
Do you ever find yourself struggling to meet the expectations of your community of faith?  Thoughts at DTTB.
The community of believers expects certain behaviors of members.  One who is growing and growing may be expected to enter the ministry full time.  Problem is that may not be the best use of the way the Lord has invested in their lives.
It may be that He would want them engaged in business.

A doctor who is walking with the Lord may be expected to take a leadership or teaching position in his church.  That may be the best use of his gifts.  But He may also be called to forgo Sunday school altogether and focus on reaching and discipling his peers.  His pastor will never have the credibility or understanding of the life a doctor leads.

It is not what the Christian community expects of us for which we will give an account.  Rather the question will be did we use the investment that God made in our lives in the way that He expected.  That may or may not please our communities.  But after all were are to seek God’s favor not our church’s.

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