Did you know it’s a biblical principle that you and I most likely will get what we expect in life? It’s absolutely true … and truly absolute. We can’t expect one thing and get something else. Most likely, we will experience what we expect. We will get what we go after. That’s why our expectations are so important.
Proverbs 11:27 says, “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” In other words, you get what you look for. You experience what you expect.
This is one of the most misunderstood, yet powerful principles in all of the Word of God.
So what are you expecting? When you get up in the morning to have your quiet time … when you come to worship … when you share your faith … when you trust God and tithe faithfully each week … when you stand up for Christ on the job?
What are you expecting?
When you go to work in the morning what do you walk in the door looking for? What are you expecting? Most likely, you’re going to get it … what you expected. If you’re looking for a bad day, guess what? You’ll find it. If you’re expecting to be mistreated and taken advantage of, you know what is almost certain to happen? You guessed it. But, if you’re expecting to have one of the best days of your life, what do you think will happen?
Too often we resort to complaining, blaming and explaining why all these bad things are happening to us. When in reality, we may be the #1 creator of our own consequences by our own awful attitude.
You may not have realized it before now, but your expectations, more than anything else, may be the single most important, major influence and determining factor in what you experience.
For example, when someone thinks everyone is out to get them or thinks no one likes them at work, guess what happens? Or when someone comes to church and thinks people are unfriendly, guess what their experience most likely will be? You guessed it. When someone has already decided they aren’t going to like the music, you know what happens? Right again.
Your expectations, more than anything else, may be the single most important, major influence and determining factor in what you experience.
I’ve often wondered how two people could visit the same church, attend the same service and have two totally different experiences. But the answer is obvious: they had two totally different expectations and their expectations determined their experience.
That’s why you and I need to make sure we have the right expectations and continually raise our expectations to expect even greater things. Remember, “He who seeks good finds goodwill.”
Great churches have figured this out. Several years ago, our staff visited Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. As we got out of our vehicle in the parking lot, a man walked up to us and welcomed us. Then, he said something I will never forget. He said, “Have you been to Southeast before?” We told him it was our first time. Without hesitation he said, “Well, you’re going to love it.” And guess what, we walked in expecting to love it and we did!
That man helped raise our expectations and our expectations determined our experience.
We’ve learned here at Crossroads that our expectations will determine our experience. So we’re raising our expectations for this spring and summer and hoping to help raise yours. Will it work?
What do you expect?
© 2018. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.