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Whose Expectations Matter More: Societies or God's?


As we go through life, we are bombarded with expectations from various sources. Society, family, friends, and even ourselves set expectations that we feel we must meet in order to be successful, happy, or accepted. But whose expectations matter more: societies or God's? The answer to this question can have a profound impact on our lives and attitudes.


Galatians 1:10, says "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." This verse reminds us that our ultimate goal should be to please God, not society. While it is important to respect and follow societal norms and laws, we should not let them dictate our attitudes and actions. Instead, we should look to God's expectations as our guide.


Romans 12:2 says "Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will." This verse encourages us to resist the pressures of society and instead focus on renewing our minds with God's word. Let's explore this topic further and discover how we can align our attitudes and actions with God's expectations rather than society's.


Attitude and Expectations: A Battle between Society and God


Taylor: God created us with specific talents, specific abilities, specific things that we have that he's given us, right? And I think that a lot of times what culture and I keep going back to this, like cultural society thing, because I think it's a really big deal in this conversation. I feel like any kind of pressure or any kind of behaviors that are expected of men, are put on men, not from God, or not from us, but from everyone else around us and that's where it becomes very difficult.


Cory: Yeah and you know where you start I think when you start saying things like mine or questioning things ultimately it all comes from a point of insecurity.

Torn between what society expects of you and what you believe God wants for your life? It can be a real battle between pleasing others and pleasing God. Matthew 6:24, says "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." This verse shows us that we can't serve two masters - we must choose who we will follow and please.



Society's expectations can be powerful and all-encompassing, but we shouldn't let them dictate our attitudes and actions. Romans 12:2 says "Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will." This verse encourages us to renew our minds and focus on God's expectations, rather than conforming to society's expectations.


It's important to remember that God's expectations may not always align with society's expectations. 1 Peter 2:9, says "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." This verse reminds us that we are God's special possession and that we have a higher calling than just conforming to society's expectations.


So, the battle between society and God's expectations is real, but by renewing our minds with God's word and prioritizing His expectations, we can overcome society's influence and live a life that is pleasing to Him.




Breaking Free from Society's Expectations: Embracing God's Attitude


It can be a challenging but rewarding journey. It requires us to shift our focus from pleasing others to pleasing God and living according to His will. Romans 12:2 says "Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will." This verse encourages us to transform our minds and focus on God's will, rather than conforming to society's expectations.


Society's expectations can be limiting and can prevent us from reaching our full potential. Galatians 1:10, says "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." This verse reminds us that our ultimate goal should be to please God, not society. We should not let society's expectations hold us back from living the life that God has planned for us.


Embracing God's attitude means living a life that is guided by His principles and values. Colossians 3:23-24, it says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." This verse reminds us that we should work hard and do everything as if we are doing it for God, not for society's approval or recognition.



Breaking free from society's expectations and embracing God's attitude can lead to a life that is fulfilling and meaningful. It requires courage and a willingness to go against the norm, but the rewards are worth it. As we focus on pleasing God and living according to His will, we will experience a sense of peace and purpose that cannot be found in society's expectations.




I Choose to Follow God's Expectations over Society's


When faced with the choice between society's expectations and God's, I choose to follow God. Galatians 1:10, says "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." This verse reminds us that our ultimate goal should be to please God, not society. By following God's expectations, we can experience a sense of peace and purpose that cannot be found in society's expectations.


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