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God's Plan

God's Plan

24 September 2009

Scripture:

29 When they heard this, all the people, including the unjust tax collectors, agreed that God’s plan was right, for they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law had rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism. (Luke 7:29-30 NLT)

God’s Plan for them. The people who heard John’s message, repented, and were baptized by him showed that they believed John’s gospel and accepted God’s plan of new birth through repentance, confession, and forgiveness of sins.

God’s Plan for them. The Pharisees and religious “box checkers” rejected God’s plan for them. They believed they were righteous in God’s eyes because they were careful to keep the Jewish ceremonial laws. They rejected God’s plan for them because they were unwilling to humble themselves and acknowledge that they needed to be forgiven. They were unwilling to be baptized by John because they felt superior to him.

God’s Plan for us. Any substantial sampling of “Christians” would consist primarily of people who agree that God’s plan for us is forgiveness of sins and new birth through faith in Jesus Christ. But I wonder how many of us would be stuck with a generic sense of “God’s Plan for us” but missing out on the specific personal plan that gives purpose to life and direction to the journey!

God’s Plan for me.
• God’s Plan for Me involves repentance and confession – acknowledging and turning from my sin and my sins.
• God’s Plan for Me involves receiving the forgiveness he freely offers and the new life he brings.
• God’s Plan for Me involves some act of humility that visibly demonstrates my willingness to submit my will to his will.
• God’s Plan for Me involves an “always content but never satisfied” desire to keep growing, changing, and following Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, I acknowledge my sin and my sins and I purpose to turn from pride and self-will again and again so that I may be daily forgiven and constantly focused on your plan for me. I purpose to accept “John’s baptism” in whatever form you present it to me. Amen.

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