Expecting the Good
I recently found myself sitting in a restaurant, surrounded by strangers, yet completely at ease starting conversations of faith. As an introvert, this would probably not have occurred a few years ago, but in my role with ReachAcross, I have taught myself to expect the unexpected.
For our volunteers and workers, it has been an interesting few weeks, hosting community dinners, collaborative workshops, and upcoming cross-cultural outreach in our local area. But all in all, it has been quite rewarding to see and be part of the conversations and connections in our neighbourhood; especially as we have witnessed new friendships and partnerships naturally spring forth.
As I have contemplate this, I am reminded of the Apostle Paul, talking about his fellow believers, saying:
“they exceeded our expectations: they gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.”
- 2nd Corinthians 8:5
Notice is says three things that are worth repeating – firstly, they, meaning God’s people, were exceeding the expectations of those who made them accountable. Secondly, the way in which they did so was by giving themselves to the Lord, as a first priority. Lastly, the ministry of service was second only to their devotion to God, by the will of God.
It is amazing to note that the service we seek to provide to those around us is the will of God, as He takes the leading role in our lives, and through Him are we able to exceed the expectations of those around us.
Essentially, we learn to put God first, and is so doing, we exceed expectations.