Thursday, July 4, 2019: “A Call to Action” An Uncommon Expectation of the Miraculous. The fifth of at least seven uncommon characteristics of the very early church was an uncommon expectation of the miraculous.
Through the apostles, the very early church had various experiences of the miraculous – wonders and signs. It was not life that was common; it was life that was uncommon. It was not life as routine; it was life as extraordinary.
They had recently experienced the miraculous in the resurrection and later the ascension of Jesus. They were in the habit of experiencing the miraculous through physical, psychological, and spiritual healings. They had an expectation of the miraculous happening because they walked by faith rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
To desire to be like the very early church involves an expectation of the miraculous to happen, looking for the miraculous to happen, praying for the miraculous to happen, and taking actions that will help the miraculous to happen.
An uncommon expectation of the miraculous involves expecting what seems impossible to happen. It means setting goals that are not about earthly success or prosperity, but about heavenly significance and full surrender to the will of God.
An uncommon expectation of the miraculous involves thinking, praying, and acting on this question: “What seems impossible today that if it could happen according to the will of God, would transform our ability to serve in the midst of God’s Kingdom?”
I call you to an uncommon expectation of the miraculous. Expect, look for, pray for, and take actions that will help the miraculous to happen. Our God is the God of miracles.