What Are You Anticipating?

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By Rachel Reed, @MBCArlington Director of Women’s Ministries

Have you ever eagerly anticipated a great event? A wedding, a long awaited reunion, or even a special meal? Sometimes, after all the anticipation, it doesn’t go as you had hoped or expected, and you’re left wanting more. What if there was something or someone who would always fulfill all that you anticipate?

Since the beginning of time, people have lived in anticipation of something greater, knowing deep within that there has to be more to life than what we can see. All those millennia of wondering and anticipating were answered in Jesus. Jesus, who was God born in human flesh, came to fulfill our greatest longing. He came so we can know and live in a personal relationship with God Himself—the greatest purpose of all. There is nothing disappointing in that!

Often we experience disappointments because we are hoping to be fulfilled by something that was never intended to fully satisfy us. But Jesus came to give us abundant life. Through His perfect life and sacrificial death on our behalf, we can have a hope that will never be disappointed.

To understand this abundant life and hope that Jesus offers, we must first be willing to surrender our own ways and admit that we can never be good enough to earn God’s grace. The good news is that we don’t have to earn it. Jesus offers God’s grace to us freely when we believe that He truly is all He claimed to be, the Savior of all mankind. We can trust what the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 10:11, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”

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