One of my all-time favorite stories is Margaret Mitchell’s, Gone With the Wind. I loved the movie too. The other day I heard someone I had never heard of making a snarky comment, “Oh, yes, her one book.” If I could only write one such book!
Ms. Mitchell remarked along the way, “Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.” This is right up there with the truest words ever spoken.
Life counselors often ask those complaining of a lack of inner peace or a lack of satisfaction; “What do you expect?” This is followed by, “If you truly expect this, what are you willing to give in return?” This is usually the “deer in the headlights” question; for two groups have been bombarded with the idea the world owes you something simply because you are here. Real life owes us nothing due to the opportunities real life presents for us to earn our way along the path, doing something that improves the life of others.
This something may be a rare invention, a medical breakthrough, or giving more than an honest days’ work for less than an honest day’s pay.
The same complaints are registered against Christ when disillusioned followers utter their frustrations about “life is not fair” and other opines about life’s shortcomings, even from God. Truth be known we can find our path by facing what Christ expects of us. Notice this about His plain statement in John 20:21,
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
It’s simple when you think about. Christ was sent to love, and that sacrificially, not really expecting much in return, to care for a careless generation, to offer that generation and all generations what they need rather than what they want.
Following John 20:21 to its conclusion will help us to determine just what the will of God is concerning our act on the stage of life and, voila, that inner fulfillment is a reality.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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