Does God have any expectations of us? Gratitude is: I didn’t expect that, and I do Sooo appreciate that. Do you think that when we stand before our savior that He will say this to us, or do you think He will say: “I gifted you with so much and you used so little for Me?
We all want to hear: “well done thou good and faithful servant”.
What does God owe to you and me? The answer is nothing, and yet He chose to give us everything, but He only makes that everlasting gift available if. If what? If there is an if involved does that not make us a debtor to God? Do we owe anything to God?
Does God expect something or nothing from us in order for us to partake of that which we did not ask for nor did we deserve it from Him? Is His offer to us made without a price, or is there a cost to us, who are involved in the receiving of so precious a gift?
If it is a gift can there be a price attached?
The only expectation that God has placed on His gift of faith which is to be used for His gift of salvation, is that we place this faith back on and in Him in order that we may live our life in and with Him. Yes, even this faith is gifted to us by Him. It is not our own, but we are free to exercise it, because it is a gift, in any direction that we choose. With it we may even try to gain the whole world, but if we do we can lose our soul.
Placing our faith and trust in Him is to be done not without consideration of what we are doing. Jesus said no king enters into battle without first considering the cost. You and I have entered into a battle and we have chosen a side. Until we chose Christ we were against Him. When we choose Him we are entering into a battle where there is spiritual warfare. We become His bond servants on our way to becoming the sons of God.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:7 KJV
James also tells us that after we have been tested we will receive the crown of life.
The writer of Hebrews tells us to not take for granted so great a salvation.
Look at it this way. Your parents provided you with a free totally paid for education, but in order to benefit, you must participate in the learning in order for it to have any value to you.
It is my concern that we the church today are too much like the Laodicean church. We are trained to expect that our sustenance comes from God through a world system that has provided us riches. We consider ourselves to be rich because we are blessed by the jobs and riches when we are in fact poor and blind, because we are not walking in His Spirit. God is the only one who could give us this lasting wealth found in His Spirit, and this walk may not be the great riches that we expect, but instead The fruit of His Spirit. The pure joy of being near Him and those we love. The overwhelming gratitude for the price that He paid for the penalty of our sin. And as with any gift, it becomes ours to use or to abuse. Do not neglect so great a salvation. And as with any gift; it is ours to keep and cherish, or to give away, and even to lose if we do not remain in Him.
Revelation 2:13 ‘I know where you dwell, [a place] where Satan sits enthroned. Yet you are holding fast to My name, and you did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed (martyred) among you, where Satan dwells. (AMP)
Abide in Him, for we do owe Him a great debt for His mercy and Grace expressed to us through His payment of a debt that we could not pay without spending an eternity in Hell.
In this world men think that they are owed everything, and yet the have nothing of lasting eternal value. In Christ we are owed nothing and yet we are given the right to become sons of God.