One of the problems with the focus of religious leaders today is they spend too much time talking about what we should expect of God with our personal relationship with him instead of telling us what God expects of us.
Don’t misunderstand me, having a personal relationship with God is important, but, if we’re not careful, we’ll start trying to bring God down to our level, instead of trying to rise up to his.
God is our Father and has existed before time. Jesus is his Son and created all things, both visible and invisible. They Holy Spirit is equal part of the trinity and taught the first Apostles all truths.
They’re not friends, buddies, or pals and we should not treat them as such, because that cheapens who they are.
A buddy you can either spend some time with or not. A friend is your equal and with whom you have much in common. A pal is someone you hang out with to have fun.
God is none of them.
Yes God loves us. Yes, he can be friendly. Yes, it can be fun to be with him. But, let’s not forget that a single thought of God is greater and more pure than all of human thought combined. And Jesus Christ is the sacrificial lamb and our eternal priest… he is so much greater than us that becoming one of us took more humility than can ever be measured.
The Bible tells us repeatedly that God does not expect us to be the best fallen human we can be, like our friends and pals. He expects us to rise above our failings, to actively overcome our sinfulness and our attraction to sin, and to be holy. Perfect, even. And that’s just the beginning.
If we really understand how much God expects of us, then we would understand that achieving those expectations is not a once-a-week, Sunday event. It’s a lifetime reliance on our Creator, requiring us to call on his assistance every second of every day, through prayer, sacrifice and sacraments.
It’s never about what God is going to give us, but what we are willing to give up for him.