1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Expectations are not a bad thing. Life is built around expectations. For instance, when you get a job, your new boss has expectations for performance. When you purchase a vehicle, you have expectations for that car. When a child goes to school, the parent has expectations for the school to teach their child, and the school has expectations for the student if they are going to learn. You cannot remove expectations from life because they are a part of life.
If the world lives by expectations, why would we think it is onerous of God to have expectations for the believer? The word “therefore” in the verse above is a word in the Scriptures that is trying to get the believer to realize that there are expectations because of what has come before the “therefore.” Because of the victory that the believer finds in Jesus Christ, there are expectations that God has for the believer. Let me share what God’s expectations are for you.
First, God expects the believer to be “stedfast.” The word “stedfast” means to be committed. God wants you to be committed to what you are doing. You cannot live a victorious Christian life and not be committed to the cause of Christ. You will never find victory in the Christian life if you only serve Christ when it doesn't conflict with your own pleasures of life. Anything that would hinder you from serving God should be rejected because it conflicts with your commitment to Christ. We could change the world if the church was filled with believers who were more committed to its programs than to personal agendas or worldly affairs.
Second, God expects the believer to be “unmoveable.” To be “unmoveable” means not to change positions. In other words, God wants you to settle what you believe and not be affected by surrounding situations in life. You cannot constantly move and be fruitful in the LORD’s work. You must give what you are doing for the LORD time to get its roots before you see the fruit of what you are doing. Too many believers want immediate gratification, and because they don't see immediate results they change what they are doing to their detriment. Settle what you believe, and determine to do it until God chooses to give the increase. It is expected by God for the believer to be the same in beliefs and practices.
Third, God expects the believer to be abounding. In other words, God wants you to have works that overflow on others. Your Christian walk should never be about what you can get out of it, but what you can do for others. What you will find is that as you abound in your Christian walk that God will give you more of what you give to others. You cannot live a life for others without benefiting far more from what God allows to go through you to others.
Fourth, God expects the believer to “labour” for Him. My friend, it takes hard work to be stedfast, unmoveable, and abounding in the LORD’s work, but it is far more rewarding than to sit and do nothing for God. It will take hard work to abound in the Christian walk, but the rewards of laboring for Christ make the hard work worth it. You may think you are wasting your time, but the joy from the victory you have in Christ is found through God’s expectations for the believer.