In the world but not of it

April 12, 2010

The soup is good…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. 1 Peter 5:12b

I like the way the Holy Spirit worked through Peter’s pen to sum up his epistle. After spending a few chapters writing on the call to holy living, suffering for the sake of our Lord and instruction on relationships, he concludes with a simple reminder that this is all part of God’s plan for you.

I think most of our shock and surprise, disappointment and discouragement comes from a lack of truly accepting what the scriptures teach. It is also a matter of having improper expectations.

Over a lunch meeting in China my colleague and I were told by our Chinese host that one of the key management techniques in China was the setting of expectations. He explained that the way in which you set someone’s expectations can have a significant outcome on the meeting or relationship.

We then stopped talking and ordered lunch. Our host ordered some local dishes for us and when the soup arrived he said that although this is a well-known soup in China it may not be as flavorful at this restaurant. To my surprise it was quite flavorful and when I mentioned it he reminded me that he had just set my expectations…I got the point, it was a good example of how we live our lives in larger matters.

We set our expectations high or low depending on the circumstances. God wants us to have proper expectations so He has given us precise teaching and instruction in His word. Unlike the soup, I don’t need to go experience something to know what the Lord thinks of it although it is the very experiences we go through that really bring home the Lord’s instructions.

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