Reasonable Expectations

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Deuteronomy 16:17 “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.”

God is a just God, and what He does for one He will do for all. God never expects from one more than He expects from another. The verse above says, “Every man shall give as he is able…” God knows that every person will have different abilities, and that is why He chooses to expect from each individual what they can do. When it came to the feasts that God expected Israel to give, He understood that some had a greater capability than others; however, He holds everyone to their ability and not to someone else’s ability.

Jesus presented this truth in Matthew 22:37 when He says, “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Notice the phrase, “with all thy.” You will notice that God did not say to love Him with all that someone else loves Him, but with your ability to love Him. We could reach this world with the Gospel if this principle was followed by every believer. Let me share a few thoughts about God’s expectations for you.

First, God does not expect you to be who someone else is, but He expects you to be who He made you to be. I am not a Dr. Jack Hyles or a Dr. Lee Roberson, but I am an Allen Domelle, and God expects me to be the Allen Domelle that He made me to be. When God called Moses, he fell into the trap that he was not capable of leading Israel because of his inability to be a public speaker. Moses must have been around eloquent speakers, and he felt that he could not be like them; however, God told Moses that He could be with his tongue and help him speak to his best ability. God was not interested in Moses being someone else; He was interested in Moses being who He wanted him to be. Likewise, God is not interested in you being what someone else is, but He is interested in you being who He created you to be. When you stop comparing yourself to others is when you can see that you can be the best you for God that He made you to be.

Second, God does not measure you by what others can do, but He measures you to you. I like to put it this way when I work with people; I tell them they are their own entity, and I will only expect from them what they can do. God never measures you to another’s ability, but He measures what you have done according to your ability. Certainly, you may not compare to what another can do, but God is not interested in you doing what another person can do; He is interested in you doing what you are capable of doing. My friend, you will drive yourself into the ground when you compare what you do to another. You will never be able to do what another has done because God didn't make you to do what they can do, but He made you to do what you can do. God is pleased with you if you have done your best with what you can do.

Third, it is when you do the best with what you have is when God gives you more. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you…” God didn't say to give what another has, but give what you have and He will give back in return more than what you have given. The only way you will grow what you have is to give your best of what you have to God.

Let me ask, are you giving your best to God and for God of what your best is? It doesn't matter what others can do or have done; it is what you can do that God is interested in. God is pleased with you as long as you give of your best to Him.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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