“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12, NIV
As believers, we should expect great things in our lives because we know that God can do all things. We know that He loves us and wants to bless us. However, we sometimes forget one simple principle when we are expecting those great things. We forget to do unto others as we would want to done to us. We expect to receive gifts and special treatment, yet we don’t consider giving them to others.
Do you expect to receive love but promote hatred? Do you expect to be lifted up but shove others down? Do you expect to be embraced but push others away? Do you expect to be built up with encouragement but tear others down with your tongue? Do you expect peace but cause chaos? Do you expect forgiveness but never forgive? Do you expect patience but are never patient with others? Do you expect to be understood but never listen? Do you expect people to be there for you in your time of need, but never have time to be there for them? Do you expect friendship but are never a friend? Do you expect to be recognized but ignore others? Do you expect to be appreciated but don’t appreciate others? Do you expect comfort and gentleness, but cut others down instead? Do you expect financial blessings but never give financial gifts to those in need? Do you expect guidance but lead others astray? Do you expect perfection but forget that only God is perfect?
When in expectation, make sure your giving matches up. Look for opportunities to give and not just to receive. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.