What should God Reasonably Expect?

By Tim Greenwood

What should God (Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit) reasonably expect from you?  Well, the Lord led me to the following two passages for the answer.

Luke 6:46 (KJV) Why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things, which I say?

James 1:22-23 (KJV) But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves; for if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror.

OK, be "doers" of the Word. But that still seemed kind of vague to me so the Holy Spirit had me dig into the Greek and do some retranslating and paraphrasing. Now I don't have room here to go into all the details, but I will share with you below what I found.

Luke 6:46-49 (TGV) (Jesus speaking) Why is it that you keep calling me Boss but refuse to do what I say? It would be the same thing as if I contracted with a builder to build me a house and he agreed to build it to my specifications, but then didn't.

According to my specifications the contractor is supposed to prepare the site by digging down to bedrock, lay the foundation upon that surface and then build the house upon that foundation. But instead he takes some short cuts and just lays a shallow flat slab and builds the house upon that. But should a flood arise and wash away the house due to the inadequate foundation, that contractor will be found in breach of contract and will not only be liable for the entire house but all of it's contents besides.

Your breaches (sins) will eventually catch up with you too. When you come to Me for something and I agree to provide it under certain conditions or specifications, and you agree to it, that constitutes a good faith contract. And I should be able to reasonably expect you to fulfill your part of that contract.

James 1:22-24 (TGV) When you come to the Lord for leadership, guidance or advice and He provides it by requiring you to act upon what He says, that is an implied contract and it is completely reasonable for Him to expect you to fulfill your part of that contract. How can you even look at yourself in the mirror each morning after breaching contract after contract?