Pella Chronicle


April 26, 2012

God’s plan for your life

Pella — Last time we were addressing the question, “What is God’s plan for my life?“.  Allow me to share some additional insight about knowing God’s will from God’s Word in 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, verses 11 and 12.  Whether you are graduating from high school or college at this stage of your life, or facing retirement in the near future, you need to read on!

First, if we’re going to know and understand God’s plans for us, we must BE WILLING TO STRETCH!  There is one thing for sure, God’s plans for us are bigger than we are and they will require some stretching on our part to accomplish them!  In verse 11, Paul prays for us that God would “count us worthy” of His calling for our lives.  This phrase literally means God has “made us able”, or “considers us capable” of doing what He asks us to do. That’s pretty exciting, would you agree?  Hebrews 13:21 tells us God has promised to equip us for the work He has prepared for us, and will work in us and through us to accomplish what pleases Him!  You see, God doesn’t give us challenges that meet our strength;  rather, He gives us strength to meet our challenges.

If we’re going to accomplish God’s plans, we must also BE READY TO DREAM! When God reveals His will to us, He gives us a dream or passion for some area of service for Him.  (By the way, no matter what our full-time vocation, as believers we are called to full-time ministry!)  Paul continues in verse 11 (2 Thes. 1), “that by God’s power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours…”   Philippians 2:13 says, God is at work in us giving us the “want to” or desire to do what pleases Him.  Listen to this:  “Wanting” to do God’s will is the beginning of “knowing” it!  Sometimes we need to pray, “Lord, give me the want to!”  Paul prayed that God would fulfill every good purpose of ours “and every act prompted by our faith.”  God’s dreams are always prompted by faith!  If God leads you to do something in life, He will give you the faith to see it through.

Finally, if we are to fulfill the plans God has for us, we must BE READY TO RESPOND!  While God promises to prepare us for His will, He never guarantees a particular result.  Sometimes the results of our labors may look puny in OUR eyes and sometimes they may look spectacular.  But we must be ready to respond properly to both possibilities!

There are two tests which await each of us who want to do what God wants. The first is the test of failure, and the second is the test of success.  We will experience both in life, and a proper perspective of ministry will help us have a proper view of success and failure!  Paul puts it this way:  “We that the name of Jesus Christ may be glorified in you (vs 12)!” Doing God’s will isn’t about success and failure, but about letting Jesus be shown in our lives!  If we are committed to letting Jesus shine in our lives regardless of any consideration of success or failure, we are in a position where we cannot lose and where God can accomplish His plans through us.

Do you want to know what God’s plans are for your life?  Do you want to know what God wants you to do?  Then be certain you have a relationship with Him through Christ, be ready to be stretched, be ready to dream, and be ready to accept whatever happens from here!  God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!  Don’t miss it!

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