“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
This verse has been used for many a sermon. But let me ask you, have you considered what God’s plans may be for you and your life? Are they different from your own plans?
Before a builder starts the construction on a home or other project, he begins with the blueprints or plans that the owner has provided. Without these plans, the builder might envision a finished product that is completely different than the owner commissioned him to build. And who is the one who determines what the building should look like and the use it should be designed for: the builder or the owner? The owner of course.
In the same way, individually we must choose whose plans we want to employ as our lives are designed and lived out. The two choices are clear: Either we choose the plans that God has for our lives, or we choose to do and live the way we think is best. If we choose God’s plans, then we are trusting Him with our lives, it’s outcome, and ultimately worshipping Him as Creator, Savior, and King. If we choose our own ways, we are ultimately worshiping ourselves, because we have raised our own plans above God’s.
As men, and young men, we are established by God to be the head of our households. But we will also answer for that position when we stand before our God. Jesus modeled a servant-leadership against the grain of this world, so we must also live and model a life of servant-leadership to our wives and children. Submitting our lives to God, and surrendering our goals, plans, and dreams to follow His plans for our lives can cost us everything, but rewards us with far more.
So the ultimate question for you to ponder and pray about is: who is it you are living for and who are you worshiping? Don’t just call yourself a Christian, be a Christian.
Whose plan for your life have you chosen to follow, God’s or yours?
Who do your words and actions indicate you are devoted to or worshiping? Is this different than who you want to be devoted to and worship?
Where is your foundation established? Do you need to renovate or rebuild?
Challenge: Through prayer (and fasting if needed) seek God to determine where your foundation is established, whether your require renovation or a rebuild. Firmly commit to establishing the foundation God wants for you and walk the path it takes to gain it.