At CCC we love getting involed in helping people! Whether its helping to train Pastors in places like Mali and China, or its building a hospital for women and children in Mali, or supporting missionaries in places like Tunisia, El Salvador, Gabon, and other difficult places – we believe we are doing the right thing.
But what are your expectations? Not your hopes and dreams, but your expectations. Expectations are not the same as hope or possibilities – they are instead what we believe to be probable and inevitable.
For example – when I got up this morning, I expected there would be hot water when I got in the shower, that there would be food in the kitchen for breakfast, and that my car would start when I came to work. I was not hoping for those things, I was expecting them. When we hope for things if they don’t happen we are not that surprised and we don’t usually get frustrated or angry. But trust me, if I had no hot water in the show this morning I would have been ticked!
That’s the way expectations work. We expect something to happen, and when it doesn’t it bothers us, we get frustrated, we might even get angry.
We recently embarked on a new ministry in the Village One neighborhood of North Omaha. We are partnering with an African-American church called Bridge Church, and our goal is to attract people into the arms of Jesus through Bridge Church. So we are showing up in Village One and blessing the community by having block parties, mowing lawns, throwing Halloween parties, feeding them at Thanksgiving, and hopefully blessing maybe a 1,000 children at Christmas with a gift.
We are hoping that God will use all of this to attract people to Bridge. But what are your expectations?
Are you expecting God will show up, that he will in fact attract people to come to Bridge Church, that they will find Jesus when they do? Are you expecting that God will use CCC and Bridge to transform this small section of North Omaha? Or are you just hoping?
I have to confess that until now I have been hoping but not expecting. But when we have high expectations it causes us to innovate, to persevere, to work hard until those expectations are met.
We should expect God to transform this neighborhood. And if its not working, or if we become overwhelmed by how big the task is, we must not let ourselves grow complacent, shrug our shoulders, and say, “Well, it was a long shot anyway.” Instead, we should get angry at injustice, angry at how many people still need Jesus, and work hard through the power of the Holy Spirit. From here forward, I am no longer hoping for results – I am expecting God to do great things.