Posted by: missionventureministries | January 23, 2020

DOES GOD HAVE A PLAN FOR MY LIFE? – Jeremiah 1:5

The Lord told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). 

Here we clearly see that God’s purpose was to specifically form this child to accomplish His plan. 

David also emphasizes this truth when he wrote: “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). The unborn child is being formed by their Creator for His purposes. 

God’s plan for every human being is that each one comes to know Him and accept His offer of salvation (2 Peter 3:9). He created us for fellowship with Him, and, that is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to reconcile us with Him by His sacrificial death on the cross. 

Beyond salvation, God also designed us to do good works according to the gifts, strengths, and opportunities He bestowed on us. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 

He orchestrated the location and time into which each of us is born as the psalmist writes: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). 

If God knows all the days ordained for me and the number of hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7), then He knows me better than I know myself. He knows our gifts, talents, strengths, and how we could best use them to make an eternal impact for His Kingdom. He gives us opportunities to store up treasure in heaven so that, for all eternity, we can enjoy His reward (Mark 9:41; Matthew 10:41-42). 

God’s plan for each person is stated in Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” As we see, His plan is for relationship over duties. 

He teaches us to walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh and since we now live by the Spirit, we are to keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25). 

As we do this we will enjoy a loving relationship with the Lord, and our actions will indicate that closeness and our delight in doing His will. 

God’s plan for those who know and love Him includes reaching the lost with the good news of salvation (Matthew 28:19). It is also to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). He wants us to grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18). He wants us to love other Christians the way He loves us (John 13:34). And, as we follow His Word, we will discover our spiritual gifts and abilities that will serve Him in unique ways. 

Life requires us to go on a journey, and that journey may be filled with detours, sudden stops, and turns depending on how well we obey God. But if our heart is set to obey Him in all that we think, say and do, then we will be in the center of His will every step of the way. 

We also need to understand that refusing to walk according to God’s leading will get us nowhere. Yes, we will arrive someplace, but it will not be where God wants to bless us. 

We need to learn to draw close to Him and to talk to Him and ask as Jeremiah did: “Show me the way in which I should walk and the thing I should do” (42:3); and God will do that and will not let us get off the path He has for our life. When we are obedient with each step we take, He will reveal more of Himself. 

The greatest fulfillment and joy in life is walking in unbroken fellowship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus our Savior. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will follow the example of Jesus and we will realize that our greatest joy comes from serving others. 

Mission Venture Ministries has taken hundreds of teenagers and college students on missions to build and maintain orphanages, hospitals and homes for very poor people and communities. 

Our mission team members loved reaching out and ministering to others in practical ways, and helping other people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior; and all of them stated that helping others and ministering to the needs of other people was the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of their life. 

So, how can you find purpose, joy and fulfillment in your life? 

Invite Jesus to become the Lord of your life and ask Him to lead you to hurting, broken people that need a transformed life, joy, peace and purpose that only He can give. 

As you see, God has a plan for your life. He created each one of us to fulfill a specific role in this world. There is no one else who can achieve completely what God has purposely created you to do. 

His plan unfolds as we grow in faith, mature in knowledge, and practice obedience; and if you listen carefully God will speak to you like He did to many throughout the Bible, and your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “this is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21). 

Therefore, as you seek to discover God’s will for your life, pay attention to how He has gifted you. His plan for you will always be directly related to the gifts that He has bestowed upon you; and His Word advises you to, “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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