Thursday, January 23, 2020

2 Timothy 1:9



He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.


Long, long before you and I were born, God already had a plan for us. For each of us. Sometimes, when I stop to contemplate that, it gives me goosebumps. He knew me even before I was formed in the womb. That makes me feel special. But does it make me sound self-absorbed? I mean, He was busy creating universes and planets and animals and a bazillion people - did He really have time to develop a plan for my life, my purpose?

At the risk of committing heresy, I believe that God's plans for us are remarkably similar. We are to obey Him, worship Him, love Him, and love others. Deuteronomy 10:12 says "Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere him, to obey all his commandments, to love him, to serve him with all your mind and being,"  Jesus reinforced that by telling his disciples "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:36-40)

How we do that is what makes our plans unique. Not everybody is meant to be a missionary in some third world country. But everyone has talents and gifts that are meant to be used to serve God and serve others.

If you're still asking God what His plan is for you, perhaps you're making it too complicated. Instead of expecting some grand and glorious revelation, maybe you should be following the Great Commandment and then asking God how you can use your gifts to serve Him.

God saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.

4 comments:

  1. I love this message! I am guilty of putting so much focus on asking for the answer to the "plan" that I forget to listen for the answers or see the signs pointing me in the correct direction.

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    1. I think we're all guilty of this to a degree. We need to turn to the Bible more often when we have questions. It holds all of the answers!

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  2. I love your post. It's so true. Lately. I've been asking myself almost the same thing. What have I ever given back to Him? What am I doing for Him? All I do is ask.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. I'm happy that it struck a chord with you. Praying that you'll find the answers to your questions!

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