What Are You Expecting to Receive?
I have always enjoyed working out and staying active. One of the reasons I love working out is because of the parallels that can be drawn between the physical aspect and the spiritual aspect of a race or workout.
Several weeks ago I competed in a triathlon, which I posted about here. As I mentioned in the post, I did very little training. My training consisted of swimming twice, riding on my bike for a total of 2 miles and running a handful of times. In my mind, I couldn’t help but hope I would still get a podium finish in my age group, despite that I wasn’t trained properly. Laughable, right?
Back in the day when I used to prepare for my races I would get a medal for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. But now without training? It’s silly to think it’s even possible. The spiritual parallel so quickly came to my mind when I was thinking about this. It’s obvious that many Christians have a similar mindset in their spiritual walk. Some think they can reap all the benefits and blessings scripture talks about, however, they aren’t willing to put in the work or effort to prepare.
I have shared about the principle of reaping what you sow before, but it’s so fitting for this example so I want to touch on it again. Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
In the physical realm, not training for a race and reaping a 1st place medal just isn’t going to happen. And in the Kingdom realm, it’s no different. No one can sow seeds of laziness, reality tv, prayerlessness, doubt and fear and expect to reap an abundant harvest of favor and blessings. Yet, this is what many people expect. It grieves my heart because there are so many Christians who are living as victims and blaming God for the lack of fruit that has been produced in their life, yet they haven’t followed the basic principle in Galations 6.
In addition, John 15:7-8 says, “But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!” Notice it says “you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done” when you “live in life-union with me.” It doesn’t say, “if you call yourself a Christian, but live like the rest of the world.” It doesn’t say “if you are a believer but don’t spend time with me.” There is a big difference!
One last example is in James 1:5-8 where the person who needs wisdom is encouraged to ask for it, but it also mentions how when asking, one must be confident in faith, not wavering. James 1:8 recaps the section with “Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?” Wow!
What are you expecting to receive? Are you expecting to receive all the benefits and blessings the Father has for you and if so, are you putting in the work and effort to plant spiritual seeds?
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