Not long ago, I did a little exercise in this Bible study. I had to write out what I believe is God’s plan for my life.
Have you ever really thought about that?
I mean, based on some of our social media posts alone, many Christians must surely feel God is out to get us, because life is just full of reasons for complaining and whining. OK, I confess while I usually restrain from Facebook, I’ve had my fair share of feeling this way.
But when I was asked to write out words that describe God’s plan for my life, I came up with:
Close to Him.
Using my unique gifts.
Where would I come up with such crazy ideas? Well, I thought about what His word says. I could think of nothing in the Bible to support the first list. Those are all lies. God does NOT want my life to reflect a bunch of negative, worn-out adjectives.
Because He says He has plans for me. He was thinking of me in my mother’s womb. He’s written my name on his hand.I’m created to do great things. He is the vine and I am the branch. His yoke is easy and light.
I reflected on the time in my life when I really believed the lies. I EXPECTED Him to intervene and make all the things on the second list my reality. I didn’t exactly think I needed to do anything to receive His plan.
Hmph. Like a child. An insolent child who wants the reward without having followed the rules.
Today, I saw this book advertised on my Instagram feed. It looks great, doesn’t it? I love Joyce Meyer. I want to read this book!
The truth is, faith requires action. Sometimes it’s big, but sometimes it’s only a step — much smaller than a leap. Just. One. Little. Step.
Can God’s purpose happen without it? I imagine it can, but He might go elsewhere to accomplish His plans, use someone else who’s willing to take the step and circumventing the blessing that comes from faith.
But if we expect it to happen without a step, our faith becomes stagnant. I believe God has intentions for us, but sometimes it looks less like fruit and more like pruning. That scares us! And in either case, we will never get to the goodness that’s wrapped up in His plan without taking that first step.
I took mine about two years ago. And I’ve been asked to take another. And another. It’s not easy. But it’s not exactly like the life I was living before was easy. It’s just more rewarding now. It’s filled with MORE of His goodness than I could have imagined when I was stuck with my feet unmoved.
I challenge you…write out what you think God’s plan is for your life. How does it change your perspective?
Have you taken the first step? Will knowing His plan help free you from the fear and apprehension that has you stuck?