I often talk about wanting to follow God’s will for my life, or to know “the plan”. While reading Francis Chan’s Forgotten God, I was slapped in the face in the most wonderful way. When did God ever give people a 10-year plan of every little thing that thing that was going to happen? Never would be that correct answer. See, that would take faith out of it. That would make the journey of following Jesus so much more predictable. God wants us to trust Him and follow Him right now, even though we don’t know every little detail. Here is what we do know:
2 Corinthians 4:7-11 – We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Luke 9:23 – And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
These are just 3 incredibly encouraging and motivating verses that excite me. I am in complete awe of the grace of Jesus. I get so caught up in stressing out that I may “miss” God’s plan for my life, that I think sometimes I use it as an excuse to be stagnant. What if I’m supposed to be a missionary? well, we are called to be missionaries every single place we go. Look at Acts 1:8. I think about the future and graduation, hopes for a husband and family, travel, missions, and the list goes on. Jesus has revealed that by living through the power of the Holy Spirit alone and following His voice today [not by my own power, but His] that I am more amazed and in love with Him and listening to what He has to say. Following the Spirit doesn’t start in 15 years, or after you get a handle on your 5 year plan…it starts today. Thank you sweet Jesus for making my stubborn brain understand just even a little bit of this. You are too good.
This is the quote from Forgotten God that I highlighted, underlined, saved in my phone, etc:
“I think a lot of us need to forget about God’s will for my life. God cares more about our respond to His Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions.” pg. 120
This is on one of my favorite necklaces that Lisa made me for my high school graduation. Little did I know the weight of this statement. Love it!