Expectancy vs. Worry

Spivey Family Baby Spivey can arrive any day now, and so we at the Spivey house are filled with a sense of expectancy.

The nursery is ready.

The suitcase is packed.

We're as ready as we can be.

Expectancy, in contrast to worry, is living with a sense that something good is just around the corner and preparing oneself for it. It's Thursday afternoon, and I'm looking forward to a good weekend with a sense of expectancy. I'm expecting God will do His work this weekend in the Spivey house and among NCCC this Sunday…and I want to be ready for it. I want to be ready so that I can play my part, embrace every opportunity, and breathe in every good thing of God I can perceive.

Expectancy.

It's good for churches too. Churches should live with a sense of expectancy. Instead, some worry—about survival, about pleasing everyone, about failing. The difference between worry and expectancy is often the difference between churches that stall or languish and churches that thrive.

Expect God to do something great, and prepare yourselves for it. Serve with a sense of expectancy and when opportunities come, you'll be ready. God wants to bless churches that are faithful to him. Stop worrying about it. Expect it.

Don't demand it. Expect it. Be ready for it.

And, by the way, let's all live with the expectation of Christ coming again. Don't stop living, but keep your heaven bag packed. It could be any moment.

"For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." Romans 8:22-23

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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