What does God want or expect from all of mankind? ...His church? ...from you and me?
What would happen if God got exactly what He wanted or expected from all of mankind, His church, or you and me?
What would God do if He did not get what He wanted or expected from all of mankind, His church, or you and me?
While these questions could make for some really interesting conversations, we can actually take a shortcut and go right to the answers by turning to Leviticus 26 or Deuteronomy 28. The 28th chapter of Deuteronomy begins by stating, "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:"
Later on, the stage is set for what will happen if God does not get what He expects: "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you" (Deuteronomy 28:15).
Today we are seeing the fallout from the societies of the earth desiring to have the blessings of God, but choosing to ignore Him and in doing so, reaping the cursings listed in the second half of Deuteronomy. This is not new. It happened in the times of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Ancient Israel, and it will continue until the last enemy of God is brought into subjugation.
Regardless of who we are (our religious past, our upbringing, our culture, etc...) God still wants the same thing for/from us. He wants us to internalize His principles. He wants us to be renewed and willingly choose to present our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) that functions as a beacon (Matthew 5:14-16) to all those whom He may call to His way in the future (Acts 2:39).
Unlike our own expectations, God's do not change. His expectations are also clearly expressed for all to see. Sadly, the majority of mankind follows their own deceitful hearts and continues to ignore what God wants and His expectations.
Our responsibility as Christians is to walk worthy of our calling, to live circumspectly, and to bring our thoughts and actions into captivity such that we are living up to the expectations of our Father. If there was ever a time to let our light shine, now is that time.
I pray that you have a wonderfully inspiring and uplifting Sabbath.