Expectations vs. Destinies.
I used to think God was a God of expectations.
A lot of us have that perception. We picture God as a strict schoolmaster waiting to slap our wrists when we mess up. He’s like that grandparent we have to filter ourselves around because they just couldn’t handle it if they knew what we were really up to.
I think this is why so many people have a bad taste in their mouth when it comes to Christianity. It all looks like restrictions and rules that are unattainable.
That’s the problem with expectations, isn’t it? If we’re always worried about what was expected of us, we always fall short. And that’s true, because “all have fallen short of the Glory of God”, but I don’t think God’s idea of a useful spiritual life involves moping in worthlessness and defeat.
What if God isn’t a God of expectations, but of destinies?
See, God has a vision of who we’re supposed to be, and it’s far more than we could ever envision for ourselves. But by no means does he expect us to live up to that. Isn’t the whole point of emmanuel, God among us, that He’s closing the gap? He’s the one making all things new, right? When did we get the idea it was about us living up to something so lofty when the essence of the Gospel is God getting His hands in our dirt?
God isn’t waiting for us to align with His expectations. He’s leading us into our Destiny. In Christ, all things are being summed up and re-created, restored to the fulness of what God intended them to be.*
So you don’t have to walk on eggshells, hoping God isn’t angry with you. God isn’t angry. He’s not upset. He’s not disappointed. In fact, because of Jesus, He says well done when He looks at you, because He sees what you will be, not what you might appear to be right now.
One theologian** says it like this, “a philosopher may tell you what something is, but an apostle may tell you what it will be”. And that’s what God is about: the destiny He’s set before you, the ultimate portrait of you that He is doing the hard work of constructing within you in the midst of your brokenness, insufficiency, and weakness.
I’m sure of one thing: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6
I guess this just leaves a couple questions then. What is your destiny? Where is God leading you? Who did He design you to be? What’s keeping you from walking into that here and now, and bringing heaven to earth a little more each day?
*Ephesians 1:1-10; Colossians 1:15-20 **Jurgen Moltmann in his book Theology of Hope.