In the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you out of precious truths that life has taught me, truths that have made the difference between success and failure in my life and can do the same for you.
Today, I’ll begin to share with you on a very important and practical theme, “How to Find God’s Plan for Your Life.” Perhaps you’ve never understood that God has a plan for your life, a plan which comprehends every area of your life, one which makes full provision for all your needs and offers you the fullest possible realization for your total potential as a person—but He has.
On the other hand, you may have an inner awareness that God has a claim on your life and a task for you to fulfill but you don’t know how to discover what that task is. As a consequence, you feel, in a way, that you cannot clearly define and are frustrated and unfulfilled. I believe that these messages will help you. I believe that I can show you the practical steps that you need to take to discover God’s plan for your life and that in finding and walking in God’s plan you will experience the satisfaction and a fulfillment you have never hitherto known.
For a starting point I’m going to turn to Ephesians 2:10, which speaks about what God has done for us through our union with Him in Christ. Paul says this:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
That’s a marvelous opening statement: “we are His workmanship.” God’s workmanship. The Greek word there, poiema is the one from which we get the English word “poem.” It suggests a creative masterpiece, the work of a great artist or poet or playwright or sculptor—something outstanding. That’s what we are through what God has done for us in Christ. This is the first thing that you need to realize, that if you put your faith in God, through Jesus Christ, God wants to make a creative masterpiece out of you. And then He wants to use you to accomplish a unique and special task.
It’s always blessed me to think that the great creator of the universe who created the stars and the seas and the mountains, all the glorious and beautiful things that are around us on earth, that when He wanted to make His masterpiece, He went to the scrap heap for His material. And that’s where he found people such as me.
I have no doubt where I was when the Lord found me. I was there on the scrap heap. And in His wonderful grace and mercy He reached down and took that unpromising piece of material that was me, in my lost and unregenerate state, and said, “I’m going to make a masterpiece out of you.” And that’s true, not merely for me. In fact, I’m nothing special and yet, in a sense, I am something special because everybody who comes to God through Jesus Christ is something special. All God’s children are special in His sight.
Father, I thank You that I am Your masterpiece, that I’m special in Your sight, that, when You look at me, You are proud of Your creation. Thank You that You have a Plan for my life. Help me to find this Plan, and to walk in it. Help me, at the beginning of these series, to listen to what You have to say to me. In Jesus’ Name, amen!