All of us have or have had some plans for our life. But God also has a plan or Purpose for our life. Those two plans almost always collide.
Some of you, perhaps many of you, have been successful at doing the very thing you’ve wanted to do in life. But being people of faith, you may still be wondering about that higher calling; in other words, what is God’s plan for your life?
On the other hand, many people today make light of this talk about God’s plan for one’s life. They believe we are born, we live, and then we die, end of story. But the Bible does not support that narrow-minded view of our existence.
All of us who are Christians should want to know and should seek to find out what is God’s plan for our life. That’s because we are at our best at serving the Lord when our life lines up with His plan.
So Paul the apostle wrote these words to Timothy: “[God] Who hath saved us, and called us with an Holy Calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
Using the words of this verse let me share with you three things that are true about God’s plan for your life:
Three Facts about God’s Plan for Your Life
1. It is a holy calling. Now let me explain the word “calling.” When we say God has called us to do something, it doesn’t mean He got on a smart phone and called us. Most of the time, it does not mean that He spoke to us in an audible way. We simply mean God has revealed to us His purpose for our life.
God can reveal His plan for our life in a number of ways—through dreams, through the Holy Spirit along with confirmation of some kind, through someone else whom we know God uses that way, etc.
Most importantly, our Divine Purpose is a holy calling or plan because it is God’s plan for us. A holy calling distinguishes His plan from our plan.
2. It was given us in Christ. In other words, it’s after we become a member of the body of Christ that God’s plan for our life can be realized. That does not mean we can’t see some clues to God’s desire for our life before we become a Christian.
When I was in high school, one of my school teachers, listening to me as I spoke in class, told me I should be a public speaker of some kind. We may see clues of God’s plan for our life before accepting Christ. But that plan will not become a reality until we are in Christ because it is only then that we can effectively live out our divine purpose.
3. It existed before the foundation of the world. This point speaks to the wisdom of God. Listen, God had a plan for our life before He created the world, before the world began. None of us just happened. God didn’t look down on the earth one day and say, “Oh my goodness, look at Jesse, look at Sheila; I don’t know what to do with them!”
But God created you with a divine purpose. You and I should live as if we have a mission from God Almighty because we do.
So many people today are just drifting through life. They don’t even have a natural sense of purpose in life. They are just passing through this life. But our life was made to be lived and not just passed through.
God has an awesome plan for your life.
Perhaps you may be thinking, “I have been doing my own thing so long and I have made so many crazy turns in my life. I don’t know how God can make any sense out of my life with respect to His plan for my life.”
The truth is that all of us have made decisions in our life or we have had encounters in our life that could have been game changers. But God is all-wise. He knows how to take all the pieces of our life, the good, the bad and the ugly and make them work together for our good and for His plan.
Of course, your salvation does not depend on you perfectly living out God’s plan for your life. But you should want to know and implement His plan because there is no plan that’s better for you than God’s plan for your life.
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