A Plan That Will Work
“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9
There was a television show several years ago, entitled “The A Team” which was made into a movie not too long ago. The leader of that team would regularly use the phrase: “Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?” The same idea holds true in life when something you plan for comes to fruition.
We have often heard that God has a plan for our lives but I am afraid that many times we do not live like we believe that. Instead of seeking and following God’s plan for our life, we venture out on our own haphazardly seeking what we believe to be best for us. Too often, following our own plan creates a huge mess of our life.
What do we do when we find ourselves in a mess of our own making? Max Lucado answers that question when he declares:
“The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: grace.”
As the old hymn says: “Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.” Indeed, grace is greater than any mess we have in our life. Most of us do not realize that grace was God’s plan all along.
That is the message of 2 Timothy 1:9 above that tells us that God’s plan from “the beginning of time was to show us grace through Christ Jesus.” This verse reminds us that God gave us grace so that we could be saved and live differently.
I am convinced that God never meant for us to live defeated lives. God never meant for us to be without hope or direction for our lives. God’s plan from the start was to show us grace so that we might enjoy life as He meant for us to enjoy it. He meant for us to have a love, a joy, a peace, and a contentment that only He can provide.
If you find yourself in a mess today, be encouraged that God’s grace is greater than your situation. Please remember that God has a plan for your life that He prepared long ago that you might be saved and live differently.
Finally, never forget that “His grace is sufficient for you.” His grace is the only plan that will provide all you will ever need!