There’s A Plan For Your Life
Ephesians 2:10 AMP
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship),recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Jeremiah 29:11 is a familiar scripture if you’ve attended our church, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” From the beginning of the creation of man, God had a plan for mankind, and for each individual He created. After the fall of man, that plan didn’t go away, but God had to send Jesus to make it possible for us to get back to that hope and future He had for us. God prearranged a GOOD LIFE for us! He prepared the way that we SHOULD walk in it. But the choice is up to us. Philippians 2:12, tells us we should, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Fear and trembling refers to reverence and honor. Our hearts should want to honor God and our actions should align with that honor.
Look at Psalms 23:1-3, “…He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” Notice, the Lord leads, but doesn’t drag. The Lord leads, but doesn’t force. That word lead means to guide or to conduct. I think of a museum guide who takes you on a tour. The only ones who get the knowledge are the ones who listen and follow along. Some people stop to look at something else. Some go a different direction entirely, but if you want to be led, you must follow. I also visualize an orchestra conductor. The musicians could all play a different song. They could refuse to play a song at all. It’s the whole group coming together, led and conducted that makes the sweet sound of music. We must CHOOSE to let Him lead us. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” He is the way! But we must choose the path.
Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” I can’t help but to think of the closing verse of a famous Robert Frost poem, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Folks, it makes all the difference whether we choose to follow Him or follow another path. Many are called and few have chosen. Let’s be the ones who choose His way, His path, His plan, His truth, and His life. Amen!