Scripture – Jeremiah 1:4-5
Hi fellow believers! The times are unpredictable and worrying but it is comforting to know we have a haven in Jesus Christ. Before our Earth was formed, the Godhead had a plan, a redeeming plan, an everlasting plan – and each and everyone of us has been included in that saving plan since the beginning of time. Amazing! Life changing!
Today, I want to talk about God’s plan for humankind, for each of us individually. First, let’s pray. Father God, we humble ourselves before Your throne, seeking Your forgiveness as we prepare to contemplate Your Word and the great plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Coming to You in prayer is a sanctuary for our hearts – a sanctuary that is greatly needed in these final days of Earth’s sinful history. Lift us up Lord, make us mighty soldiers for Your cause – the cause of saving souls in Your kingdom. As we interact with others, give us Your words and thoughts – helps us to lead all that we meet to the foot of the cross. Please lead and direct, tell us what You would have us do. In Jesus precious Name, Amen!
As we read through the Holy Scriptures, we are given many examples of people being chosen by God for a specific purpose – many of them chosen before they were born into this world. Jesus, Himself is a powerful example of such a life. In Mark 1:1-4, God tells us about the pre-existing plan for the life and purpose of John the Baptist, who was to herald the coming of Jesus. In the first chapter of Matthew, starting with verse 18, we are told of the pre-ordained plan for Jesus to step down from heaven to be born an babe. A master plan set forth as an example of our humankind could live a sinless life and gain eternal life. God’s handiwork in our behalf, is also demonstrated in the pre-existing plans for Jeremiah, Samuel, Samson and many others.
The question I think we need to ask ourselves is…what is God’s plan for each of us? In Jeremiah 1:4-5 God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God does have a plan for each of us according to our talents and strengths, which are in line – empowered – with the spiritual gifts given us by the Holy Spirit.
So, next question! If everyone’s walk with Jesus planned before their birth, then why isn’t everyone living a sanctified life in Jesus? As we look at what the Bible says, we see the pre-existing plan played out in many lives but not all lives. Yet, if we are interpreting Jeremiah 1:4 and Scripture concerning John the Baptist, Samson and others correctly, we are led to understand that everyone has a pre-destined plan before they are born. Right?
This is where some of us tend to start questioning ourselves. Through these Scriptures, is God talking to all of us or just specific individuals? Let’s look at Ephesians 1:4-5, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ…” I am convinced that God has a plan for me – one set before I was born. So why does it still seem confusing? If God has a plan, why isn’t everyone living it, why aren’t the populations of the world ready to meet Jesus in the clouds of glory, why are we commissioned to be searching for lost sheep, why does sin still abound?
God’s plan for each of us is for all who will accept it. Look at Matthew 5:6, John 7:37, and Revelation 22:17. A plan is in place for every person who has been born, but why are so few are following the plan? Is it God picking and choosing or is it up to us? In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew writes God inspired words, “Jesus clearly stated that, comparatively speaking, only a ‘few’ find the way to salvation, whereas ‘many’ enter into the broad way that leads to destruction.” (paraphrased) In the parable of the wedding feast, many of the guests refused to attend. (Matthew 22) Accepting and surrendering to the plan God has laid out for us is a choice. A choice we can refuse to accept. We can refuse at great cost to ourselves for many reasons. But, God willing – and we know He is – we will accept and find peace and joy in the future outcomes of our choice.
We must understand and acknowledge that our tailor made plan has been in existence before we were born. We must pray for a mindset to embrace His plan, not asking, “What is Your plan for me” but rather, “How would You have me carry out Your plan for me?” And like any gift or talent, practice makes perfect. There will be struggles along the way, lessons in surrender and humility, many tearful prayers. Earnest prayer and persistent surrender to God’s plan opens the gateways of heaven so that there may be abundant blessings poured out on us – setting us again and again upon the right path to doing God’s will for our life.
When called by God, Jeremiah resisted because he believed “I do not know how to speak, I am to young.” God replied, “Do not say, ‘I am too young’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” God did not accept Jeremiah’s excuses because God Himself is the Author of our ministry. We go by the power of God to minister to His people, not that of our own. Our feeble excuses and weakness are nothing to God and if we rely on ourselves we are not fulfilling the plan of God. Through obedient surrender and fervent prayer we are given the power and ability to fulfill God’s purpose in us. We are able to speak blessed words to those seeking a better way. We are able to recognize the needs of those around us and lessen their burdens. We are able to do these acts from heaven because of Jesus abiding in us and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We will be living the plan!
Until next blog, pray God reveals His purpose for your ministry just as He did for Jeremiah. Amen!