Alex Lewis, 18

In 1988, Will Smith rapped: “Parents just don’t understand.” Today, we tend to view God the same way: “God just doesn’t understand. I’m only in high school. God can’t expect me to give my all in order to follow the Lord.”

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We tend to minimize God’s expectations for our lives because we have a minimized view of ourselves. Jesus didn’t care if someone had a low-paying job or was looked down on by society. He invited everyone to “Follow me.”

Jesus didn’t see people as they saw themselves. He didn’t see them as the world saw them. Jesus saw them through God’s eyes. Why should we have low expectations of ourselves when Jesus sees us as worthy of following him? Jesus expects a lot from us because he chose to give his life for us so that we could experience true and abundant life (John 10:10–11).

We may not expect that an abundant life is waiting for us when we decide to follow God. We may think God doesn’t understand who we are. But God sees us for who we are in Christ and understands our true potential, even when we can’t see it in ourselves. When Jesus says, “Follow me,” answer with a resounding, “Yes!” You won’t regret it.


Check out John 17:20–26 and discover who we are in Christ.

REFLECT: What does God see in you? How does that change the way you see yourself? How does that change the way you experience God’s expectations of you and for you?

—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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