God has a specific plan for your life!
You were a drug addict before you met Christ, Now, you minister to the drug addicts in your community. You help them in many ways using the gifts God has specifically given you. Most of all, you share the Gospel with them. Some repent and trust in Christ, while others don’t. But, you keep on walking out that specific plan God has for your life.
One day on the way out to minister, you get struck by a car operated by a drunk driver. The injuries sustained by this accident leaves you a quadriplegic. After the trial, you appear at the sentencing and the judge gives you an opportunity to speak. The first words out of your mouth is, “I forgive you”. As a murmur runs through the room, you then proceed to tell the captive audience that, “the ability to forgive this man has come from the one who forgave me”, because at some point in time, you remember that you were no better than the drunk driver. Lovingly, you tell them that you hope they hear these words and take them to heart and that they along with the judge and the defendant, come to a place of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. You’re wheeled out of the courtroom knowing you fulfilled God’s specific plan for your life.
God has a specific plan for your life!
As a quadriplegic, God has given you an opportunity to speak to those in the very same situation. Though it has only been a little over a year since your accident, you have adjusted more quickly then others. You tell similarly handicapped people about your struggles & difficulties. You tell them about your sadness and tears and that you even get depressed at times. Then you tell them what keeps you going. That your faith in a God that reached down to you to save you, keeps you going no matter what happens. That because of all Jesus did for you, you’re willing to trust His will for your life no matter what happens. Through this opportunity you see some come to place their trust in Christ. You live every day like this for a while, knowing that you are fulfilling God’s specific plan for you life.
One day some years down the road, you become ill, your body has been through too much in it’s short life. Your admitted to the hospital and are checked over and over again by doctors, nurses and other technicians. Through it all, though weak, you remain positive and upbeat. It doesn’t mean that your not concerned or worried. You think about your family, friends, people your helping and start praying for them. You pray God would send others to be there for them. That they would be encouraged. During your long stay at the hospital, the nurses and others take notice of your attitude as you seem more concerned for them then yourself, so they ask why? You tell them about God, all he has done, even in the most difficult of times and how He has encouraged you through it. You tell them it wasn’t easy, that you had to trust God more than you wanted to sometimes, but you knew He deserved your trust for rescuing you from sin and death. A small group of hospital workers that have gotten to know you amass in your room. You tell them you don’t want to die, but you trust God for everything and do your best to compel others to see Christ as you do. Through this time in the hospital, some are compelled to repent and place their faith in Christ. In the quietness of the night, your eyes start to close for the final time, you whisper a quiet thank you to God for allowing you to fulfill His specific plan for your life.
There is a funeral. The turn out is not so big. Some family, church members you were close to show up and pour out honest and heartfelt sorrow over your death. They know where you are now, but they miss your presence, your influences, your encouragements. As the service winds down, more people begin to file in. Recovered drug addicts, a retired judge, nurses, orderlies, the wheelchair bound ......even a former drunk driver. One by one, they stand and testify to God’s goodness, mercy and grace. Each one with their own story and it always ends the same. It ends not just thanking God for this person that came into their lives, but thanking this person for God in their lives. She knew God had a specific plan for her life. She lived that plan out.
Do you know what that plan was?
So many times we say that God has a specific plan for us. We like to use scriptures to show how specifically important we are to God’s plan, as if we were not there God would not be able to do what he wants to do. In this story, The specific plan for this woman was not to work with drug addicts or the handicapped, it was not to specifically forgive someone or be a good patient. It wasn’t to have lots of people come to her funeral. It wasn’t even to see people come to Christ. The VERY specific plan for this woman’s life was to Glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Whatever she did, she lifted God up with her actions and her words. She called people to repent and trust Christ and her words carried weight because of her life and her life carried weight because of her Savior.
I wrote this story to have you consider that God has the final say in all things. When we make some grand claim about a specific plan God has for us, we might be devastated when something tragic happens and everything falls apart including what was thought to be God’s specific plan for our lives. Instead, consider trusting God’s will for you life. Know that His ultimate will for you is always better than we can or can’t understand. Know that there is and always will be work for us to do and we should do that work(whatever it may be) in a manner that is pleasing to Him and glorifies Him. That we would not place our attention on that specific work as if we owned it, but on who we do it for.
The woman in this story lived her life as if God’s specific plan was being done wherever she was, not in what she does. This resulted in her living a life that glorified God and this created ripples that went well past her life on earth. She would take no credit for it, want no praise for it. She knew she was only a part in God’s plan.... This is how we should view our lives, not as if we have a plan God will make himself a part of... but that He has a plan that He allows us to participate in.
So go live God’s plan for you life! To Glorify God and enjoy him forever..