What do you expect God to do for you?
You may not come right out and say it, but most of us sort of live from day to day thinking that if we do good stuff then God sort of is obligated to bless us. If we are obeying the rules then we deserve some kind of reward from the Almighty. And if we were to something really good like, give, pray, teach, or go on a mission trip then we are definitely going to get some points with God.
Now all of you "good" theologians know that is not really the way the bible teaches us. Good works is not the basis for our salvation. And we all know that Job was a good man and that some real bad stuff came his way. But for most of us if we do the right things and keep our nose clean wether we admit it or not we kind of expect to be blessed physically and with some of the worldly blessings.
The truth is if we are doing the right things and living by God's plan we are not going to be involved in things that would tend to mess us up and get us into serious trouble. There is Scripture that teaches this idea.
Psalm 1:1-3 NLT
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
But this is a principle of life taught by Scripture not a promise that if I say something nice that God is obligated to do something for me. You see we are like whiney children too often telling God, "Hey did you see what I did." "Don't I get blessed for this?"
I read this Scripture this morning and I think we need to keep this in our minds as people who serve the Lord and maybe it would cut down on the whining among the church members.
Luke 17:7-10 NLT 7 “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? 8 No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ 9 And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”
What a privilege it is to serve God. The Lord Jesus is our Master and doing His work and task daily is our joy and hope in life. But do not fall into the idea, and it is easy to do, that you deserve something for what you do.