Expectations

Hosea 6:6 (NLT) “I want you to show love,not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”

Reading this passage today made me realize once again that what I think God expects from me and what God actually expects may not be the same.  Often we impose the world’s expectations on our relationship with God.  And God says over and again…I want you to love me more than anything you can do for me…I want you to know me rather than spend time trying to appease me.

For all of those perfectionists out there who think we must EARN God’s love…God is NOT Smith Barney who says they do things the old fashioned way and earn it.  God desires more than anything else to sit down and have a good old fashioned conversation with you.  A conversation where you share what is on your heart and God shares as well.  One where no hand is out (there is time for that for sure but not now) wanting something or a fist is raised in questioning (there is also time for that as well).

Simply a conversation.  And we call that prayer…

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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