Christ’s Five Expectations for His Church
Each believer has a personal responsibility
to hear God speak through His Word,
and obey what He has said in His Word.
Pleasing God is always tied to receiving and acting upon the Word.
If you are sporadic in the Word, you will sporadic in pleasing the Lord. The key is to live by a daily application time with the Lord through His Word.
Jesus is focused upon bringing our lifestyle into conformity with what pleases Him. In Revelation 2-3 we see Him clearly explaining His expectations for His churches, and thus for all of us who ever are a part of Christ's Church. We can say that these chapters contain the clearest and most concise description of Christ’s expectations for us.
To please God, and experience His Hand most fully upon our lives, Jesus says each of us need to decide we will not neglect what God desires in our lives.
God Desires Each of us to Be:
- Loving Jesus Most(His Message to Ephesus, Rev. 2:1-7);
- Separating from Sin(His Message to Pergamos, Rev. 2:12-17);
- Un-Friending Worldliness(His Message to Thyatira, Rev. 2:18-29);
- Overflowing with His Spirit(His Message to Sardis, Rev. 3:1-6);
- Living Crucified(His Message to Laodicea, Rev. 3:14-22).
To Please God we are expected to be:
(1) Loving Jesus Most
The saints in Ephesus were not being obedient to the central truth of the Scriptures Old and New Testament: Love the Lord Your God MOST. That is what had been taught them from God’s Word by their faithful pastors over the years—listen to what Christ said:
Revelation 2:4 (NKJV) “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
The Problem:Their lives were clogged with so many other things , so Jesus ws no longer first in their hearts, in their schedules, or their concentration; and all that signaled that He was no longer the supreme ruler of their lives.
Loving Jesus Most.Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Action Needed: Jesus said: stop everything else from pushing me out, Go back to your original settings; and Love the Lord Your God with all you are.
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