Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Expectations

At Christmas, we hear the story of a God who defies expectations: who instead of expecting us to climb our way up to Him, came down to us— a God who left His place of comfort and safety in order to know us, to love us, to be with us.

At Christmas, we hear the story of a God who turns our expectations upside down: who calls Himself 'King' and then chooses to arrive not in a palace, but a manger; who calls Himself 'Most High' and then stoops to wash the feet of common fishermen; who calls Himself 'Savior' then chooses His own death as His means of making things right. What Messiah wields a cross instead of a sword? What King chooses a crown made of thorns?

This Christmas, I urge you to consider your expectations of God. Maybe-- whether you consider yourself a person of faith or not-- maybe you think you have Him figured out. Maybe you think you know how He'd respond to you if you reached out to Him. Maybe you think He would reject you. But maybe He'd surprise you. 

At Christmas, we hear the story of a God who defies expectations. And it turns out, this is the greatest gift of all. 

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