One time years ago, I asked my little 4-year-old grandson what he wanted for Christmas and he said, “Just four things,” holding up four fingers. “A motorcycle, a four-wheeler, a race car, and a flat-bed diesel dually.” It took me a while to figure out what he was saying, “flat-bed diesel dually,” but I finally had him say it very slow.
I told him, “That is a lot of riding toys for one little boy. Can’t you think of anything else you would like?” “Not right now,” he said.
He is really expecting a lot. Every little kid always asks Santa Claus for some things he won’t get, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting and expecting. Then he is usually very happy with whatever he gets for Christmas.
As adults, we have been trained by the world not to expect much. The world says, “If you don’t expect much, you won’t be disappointed.”
Peter and John were on their way to the temple at the hour of prayer, when they met a lame man lying there begging for alms. No telling how many times they had passed him before, but this time they really noticed him. And he noticed them. The Bible says he looked at them expecting to receive alms, but they had something better for him than money.
Peter spoke to him and said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. Act 3:5-8 New King James Version.
You might not get a new flat-bed diesel dually, which for you city folks is a flat-bed diesel truck with a set of dual wheels on the back, but Jesus has only good things to give you. He has promised life everlasting, healing for your body, peace for your mind, and a home in heaven when this life on earth is over.
What are you expecting to receive from the Lord? You won’t be disappointed.