Plans I Have For You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Knowing God - Jeremiah 29:11-13 - Plans I Have For You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – Jeremiah 29:11-13 – Plans I Have For You – Growing As Disciples

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) 

Plans

I do have a purpose and plan for your life. You can be sure of that. I have no doubt that you have a purpose and plan for my life. If I have any doubts at all it would be self-doubts. What do you mean by that? I wonder if I will listen attentively enough to hear and know your plan. Are you seeking me with all your heart? Yes, I am seeking you with all my heart. Yes, I can see that you are seeking me with all your heart. You have nothing to worry about. As you seek me with all your heart my plan for your life will unfold day-by-day, one step at a time. Were you thinking that you would one day come to know my plan for your entire life? I was hoping. That’s not going to happen at least in the way that you were hoping that it might. What do you mean by that? What would happen to you if I revealed my entire plan for your life? I’m not sure what you mean? Oh, I think you know exactly what I mean. Take a guess at what you think I might mean. If I saw your entire plan for my life I might run away from it. I would say that I am unable and unqualified. I would strongly suggest that you go find someone else to do what you have asked me to do for you. Have you ever done that before? Yes, I have run away from your plan for my life several times before. Yes and you ran away from just a small piece of my plan for your life. Yes, I did. Wouldn’t you certainly run away from my entire plan for your life if you saw it all at once? Yes, I would. What other reaction might you have if you saw my entire plan for your life all at once? I might become independent and self-reliant. I might begin to think that I had no need to rely on you. I would begin to rely on myself. I might check back with you only on rare occasions if I really got in a jam. That would not be good at all. No, I can see how knowing your entire plan for my life, all at once, would not be helpful to our relationship. That’s partly right. What do you mean by that? Why I am only partly right?

You are partly right because I am now going to tell you what is my plan for your entire life. Are you sure that is a good idea? That is a funny question to be asking me. You already know my plan for your entire life. I don’t think so. You are thinking that my plan for your life is just about what you will do. Who will you be? What will you look like? Who will you become? Now, I think I know what you mean. Tell me. Your plan is that I will become like your Son. You want me to become like Him. He loved you with all His heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, He did. Because He loved you He also fully loved and gave himself to others. Yes, He did. That is your plan for my entire life. Yes, it is. As you follow me and seek me with all your heart the details of that will unfold day-by-day, moment-by-moment and step-by-step. I will follow you and seek you with all my heart.

Lord, I am so thankful that you have a purpose and plan for my life. It is the desire of my heart to know you and your plans for my life. So, I will seek you with all my heart. I will call out to you in prayer to seek your guidance as I live my life with and for you. Amen

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I Have Worked Harder

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 289 - 1 Corinthians 15:10 - I Have Worked Harder - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 289 – 1 Corinthians 15:10 – I Have Worked Harder – Growing As Disciples

But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NLT)

Working Hard

What will working hard accomplish? That all depends. That all depends on what? What working hard will accomplish depends on who I rely on. That is an interesting answer. That is the only answer that has come to me. Tell me what you mean, explain yourself. If I rely on myself and my own hard work, I will accomplish nothing. By myself, apart from you, I can do nothing. On my own, I cannot bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. My own efforts will never bear fruit for all eternity. I could work myself to the bone, I could run myself ragged, I could use every bit of my energy and yet my efforts would amount to nothing without you. How do you know this to be true? Is the voice of your experience? Have you learned this by trial and air? Yes, this is the voice of my experience. Yes, I have learned this by trial and error. Yet, neither of these alone would have been enough to teach me the error of my ways. It is your word that says apart from you I can do nothing. I have done quite a bit of that. I have accomplished a lot of nothing. Then you have learned some very valuable lessons. I wish I had not been such a slow learner. At least you have learned. There is something that I do want you to hold on to. What’s that? Your desire to work hard in serving me is not a bad thing. It is a very good thing. My call on your life will require some very hard work on your part. It is my grace that has given you both the desire and ability to work hard in serving me. And now you know that you must rely on my grace and power to work in and through you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Yes, I do. That is very good.

I want you to take hold of another thought. What’s that? Relying on me will not come easy. Relying on me will not seem natural. Learning to rely on me will also be very hard work. How so? You must work hard to keep your heart and mind and life focused on me, as you serve me. You must work hard on listening attentively to me. You must work hard on receiving my guidance and following my instruction. Will you work hard on relying on me as you work hard in serving me? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I know the futility of working hard without relying on you. So, I know two things. I must rely on you completely as I give my full and best effort in serving you. Thank you, for your grace that is teaching me to do both. Use me to bear fruit for your kingdom. Amen

Key Question…  What has God’s grace and power accomplished in and through you as have worked hard in serving Him?

Living It Out…  Rely on the grace of God to accomplish His purposes and fulfill His plans as you work hard in serving Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the grace of God will help you to accomplish His purposes and fulfill His plans as you serve Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group what God’s grace is accomplishing in and through you as you serve Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you rely on the grace and power of God as you work hard in serving Him.

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