What is your perception of God?
Expectations too high? Unrealistic?
Is God unfair regarding His lofty ideals?
Too quick to judge? Finger on the trigger?
Expectations are in effect only when you are under the Law’s demands.
The definition of living by the Law is that you must, by your own effort, follow its entirety.
However, only a curse and death come with the Law’s expectations and demands.
“(10) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (11) But, it is obvious that no man is justified by the law in God’s sight: for, The just shall live by faith. (12) Following the law requires no faith. The man who agrees with and follows the demands of the law is required to do them his whole life.” Galatians 3:10-12
“(9) And I was alive apart the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (10) And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to result in death. (11) For sin took opportunity by the commandment and deceived and slew me.” Romans 7:9-11
“God also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter [the law], but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6
If you’re pressured to live up to something, you are living by law, not grace.
Then, what is grace?
Ultimately, grace is not a thing, the unmerited favor of God.
Grace is a Person, Christ.
“(16) And we have received of His fullness, and grace for grace. (17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17
Christ is the living embodiment of God’s grace.
Then, regarding expectations, what does Christ expect from you?
Demand from you?
Nothing, apart from Him.
“I Am the Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5
God has no expectation that you, by yourself, will be able to follow His holy, righteous, and good law. It is impossible, and trying to follow it does not require faith, which is essential to Him.
He only asks you to share in His new creation.
Does He have expectations of the new creation?
Grace means that God satisfied all demands of the Law through Christ (to be a holy, unblemished sacrifice for sins), because you, by your own effort, could not meet the Law’s demands. The wages of your sin earned you death (Rom 6:23).
Now, you are no longer under the law with its expectations and demands.
“Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4
“(23) Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed. (24) Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But after faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (26) For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:23-26
You now have Him, the Substance.
The law was only His shadow, a legal description of God’s righteousness as seen through Christ.
“(13) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; (14) blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; (15) and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (16) Let no man therefore judge you in your food, or in drink, or with respect to a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: (17) which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Colossians 2:13-17
Life is no longer about following laws.
The scripture says you are a partaker with Him. A sharer.
You have no love of your own [that you could boast about], but you can share His love with Him.
You can also share His faith with Him. You can share Him manifesting His fruit in you.
“(22) The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) meekness, self-control: there is no law against these.” Galatians 5:22-23
You share life together!
He IS all you need.