On the journey: Aligning our plans?
Written by The Transition on 01/03/2021
Now that we’ve made it through January and February – which usually takes forever to pass, we can really start pursuing our goals. In this time of uncertainty, most people fit into one of these three categories: 1) They don’t want anything to do with God/ Aren’t living out the Christian life 2) They say they are a Christian, “but it’s a bit complicated…” 3) They are actively pursuing a life of a Christ follower. Now this blog post focuses on group 3, because that’s where our team at the Transition are. Out of our core group of desires, we have three that we talk about often on the show: We want to be positive examples of Christians who do things the right way, living how God ACTUALLY desires us to; We want to live very fun and meaningful lives; We are very ambitious, and want to make a change to the world around us in our given areas.
This takes us to ambition. We know in the Bible it says that we should do nothing out of selfish ambition (Philippians 2:3), however, if you look at many of the characters in the Bible, Abraham, David, Joseph, and Job, they had many possessions and were successful businessmen or politicians! In fact, Abraham had so much that his own people were fighting amongst themselves because of lack of space! Even after this, God gave them even more than they had before. So, from that information, we can see that it is good to be ambitious and have plans to achieve great things. We just need to make sure that we are doing do well in life at other people’s expense. We also need to ensure we are centred and don’t lose sight of the important things, and the purpose God placed in us whilst we are alive on earth. The reason that we look to align our plans with God’s will is because we believe that He created us, and therefore knows us best and He even says this that He knows the plans He has for us, to prosper us, not to harm us and to give us hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11. From this we see that if He knows us then surely, He must know the best way for us to live out our lives, and where to go to get there. Because we have this faith, we focus on the Bible and what it says as a guide in life, being a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm 119:105)
Got that? Great. Now, having said all that, how does someone align their plans to God’s will? Well on our journey, we are discovering that God actually has given us more freedom than we think. God isn’t going to lock you down to one specific path in life, you’re free to choose! However, not everything that it good is necessary (1 Corinthians 10:23) So there are two promises that we talk to God/Pray about. The first is that God will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). How this looks in practicality, is that we speak to God and ask Him to work on us, so that we aren’t just trying to be selfish with our ambitions and only benefit ourselves, but to live lives that please Him and bless those around us. From there, we have realised that God gave us certain passions and desires. Explore those! These are indicators of what you should be moving towards in life, and so if you make your plans about what you want to do, you can trust that God sees the bigger picture, and will bring about the best for you. Following on from this is the verse that says that we should acknowledge God in all of our ways, and He will direct our path. Again, He sees the bigger picture, and if what you desire is according to His will, you can trust that you will be led on a journey that takes you there in the best possible way. Often times, it’s the long way round, but that’s because we need to pick up some skills and experiences on this journey, and if you look at successful people, they will tell you that the challenges they faced made them better equipped to live their dreams.
So maybe it’s not all that complicated? Maybe God wants you to take your plans to Him, ask for advice, maybe a bit of clarity, but maybe God also wants you to take action! If God wants to speak to you audibly as we often wait for, He will do, but don’t miss out on the cues of life He sends your way to affirm your plans.
Through Christ you are free, you are able, and you are empowered to chase your vision.
— Tayo Adeleye