Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Do You Have A Plan?

Do you have a plan?

It is good to have a plan.

Most people don't.

Most people just exist. They are born, grow, gain some skills, get a job, make money, spend money, know some people, grow old and die. What's the point?

The point is that we are part of something that is far greater than our imagination. Most people don't see it, can't see it, will never see it because they are too busy existing instead of living. To live you must know the life giver. To live you must see his plan. To see his plan you must give your life. Risk it all. Give it all up so you can gain it all back.

The first step is to recognize that you know nothing about anything. The second step is to acknowledge God, his existence, his power and his authority. Then you have a decision to make about what you will do about what Jesus has offered.

The problem is that we reach a certain place in our life and we are satisfied with that. We have a job, a place to live, friends, food, entertainment and we are good. We exist. We never harm anyone. We contribute nothing. The world has no idea we exist and we are okay with that because we have our entertainment. Knowing God demands that we become so much more than mere existence.

Solomon to his son:

Search for wisdom
    as you would search for silver
    or hidden treasure.
Then you will understand
what it means to respect
    and to know the Lord God. (Proverbs 2:4-5)

Don`t just sit there, do something. Life is more than just existing. God has a plan for you. It is a good plan. It is a great plan. It is a plan to prosper you. To build you up. God is all about growth, producing, maturing, increasing.

Jesus told us:

So I tell you to ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks. (Luke 11:9-10)

Nothing ever happens to people who sit and watch television all day; who expect society to wait on them; who considers themselves privileged and deserving. They eventually die and no one remembers them because no one knew them. But God knows those who seek him. He knows them by name, knows the number of hairs on their head, knows there deepest, darkest thoughts and desires, and he loves them. He loves them and, like any father, wants to see his children become more than they are; those who seek him.

Our Father`s plan is to bring us into maturity. The process is explained throughout his Word:

Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers,so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

A plan, a process, to grow us, increase us, to mature us until we are like Jesus. This is the same Jesus who promised us life in abundance. Does life feel abundant to you right now? Are you abundant with joy and peace? Do you experience the abundance of God's blessings, the security of your relationship with Jesus? Are you able to turn the television off and continue living, laughing, growing?

It is good to have a plan.

It is better to have God's plan.

It is better to know God and be known by him.

It is better to be known.

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