When we look consider the impact of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives what are we expecting?

One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them. Acts 3:1-5 (The Message) 

Peter and John were doing what they did every day. It was their habit to go up to the Temple to worship and then to meet up with their church in their homes. Here at the gate of the Temple called ‘Beautiful’ they encountered a beggar. He was probably not the first beggar that had sought some support from them but this encounter was different.

The man was expecting a few coins to salve the consciences of the apostles. What do we expect when we look at the impact of the gospel in our lives. Do we expect safety and security from life’s hurts? Priority in God’s plan of providence? A hastle free progress in life’s emotional ride? The truth is that we expect things of God that will benefit our material life without consideration of what it looks like to submit to the will of God. To accept the will of God in our lives means to look to Jesus Christ crucified as our example of submission and love. The gospel is not a course for self-fulfilment but of dependence on the life transforming power of the sacrificial love of God in Jesus.

Today, may we be willing to lay down our lives expecting only to meet with God and fulfil his will in our lives. May we reflect God’s grace, mercy, and love in all things, the rough and the smooth. Amen.