I’ve started a diet a thousand times (okay – that’s probably exaggerating a little), so why am I still overweight? I started college four times before I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree, which I didn’t get until I was 50 years old! (The way I looked at it – Lord willing, I’d be 50 years old anyway, so I might as well be a 50 year old with a Bachelor’s degree!) I started trying to read the Bible in a year several times before I actually accomplished it. So – what was or is the problem with me? Am I just fickle? Have you ever failed to accomplish something that you started out to do? What happened?
The more I’ve been thinking about it lately – I believe that the times I failed – I didn’t make a thorough plan of action. When I didn’t plan the work – I didn’t work the plan. This applies to us spiritually, too. We’re not going to get lost and find our way to heaven by accident. No, God has provided us a plan, and it’s up to us to – work the plan! We know that “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Enter ye in the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (Matthew 7:13-14).
So, if only few will find their way, how do we make sure that we’re one of those few? Well – what’s God’s plan? Are you a Christian? What did you do to have your sins washed away? God has a plan which includes: hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:14); believing that Word (Hebrews 11:6); repentance of sins (Acts 3:19); confession that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9); being baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:28); and being faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10). Do you worship as the New Testament church worshiped? God has given us His plan for that, too. We are to: raise our voices in songs and praise (Colossians 3:16); spend time in prayer (I John 5:14); study God’s Word (Romans 10:14); give of our means (I Corinthians 16:2) and partake of the Lord’s Supper when we come together on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). Are you working His plan? or are you planning your own work?
Our eternal home depends on whose plan we’re working. It’s time to plan the work and work the plan – God’s plan, that is! God Bless, Courtney