Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 32)
Exceeding Expectations*
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20 (NIV)
I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:39-42 (NASB)
Abraham exceeded the faith of normal men when he believed God exceeded logic. Isaac exceeded the obedience of normal boys when he lay quietly on an altar. Jacob exceeded the repentance of normal sinners when he submitted to his uncle's cons.

Joseph exceeded the behavior of normal prisoners when he respected his foreign masters. Moses exceeded the destiny of normal princes when he denied himself a royal life. Caleb exceeded the vigor of normal seniors when he refused to retire from the war.

David exceeded the courage of normal soldiers when he trusted God in every challenge. Esther exceeded the role of normal wives when she risked her life to save her people. Jesus exceeded the expectations of the Jewish Messiah when He offered salvation to all men.

Peter exceeded the knowledge of pride-filled scholars when he humbled himself before God's Son. John exceeded the daring of all first followers when he stepped up to the foot of the Cross. Paul exceeded the work of normal disciples when Jesus opened his eyes to the Light.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: We serve an exceedingly abundant God. He loves wholeheartedly. He works continuously. He gives lavishly. He expects the same from us. Therefore, exceed normalcy. Exceed easy faith. Exceed wordily fame. Go the extra mile. God notices, and He will reward you.

To Be Continued...

* Check out God's work requirements in The Parable of The Faithful and the Evil Servant:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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