…wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
During the closing weeks of the previous year and the first week of the New Year we are inundated with football bowl games. That’s obviously good for those of us who love football and not such a good thing for those who could care less.
The biggest of all the bowl games is the BCS National Championship game where the supposed best two teams in the nation square off to see who is number one. Long before the big game the coaches and players bought into a vision that has carried them through every challenge and obstacle along the way. They have persevered through discipline, hard work, and faithful execution of a winning game plan.
Did you know that God has a game plan for your life? In today’s selected scripture God lays out His vision for what He wants us to be and what He wants us to accomplish. Of course, the first step toward accomplishing this plan is to give your life to Christ. Then comes the hard part. You have to buy into God’s plan. Make it your own. Unfortunately, that’s where we frequently fall short. We’re unwilling to commit ourselves to the discipline and hard work that will make it happen.
God’s game plan can be summed up in two directives:
(1) Get your spiritual act together (“wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!”) and
(2) help others who can’t return the favor (“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”).
Even though all of us want to live right before God and make a difference in our world for Christ these essentials are frequently not the realities. We’re too busy doing our own thing and too self-absorbed to devote ourselves to God’s mission in this world.
Many of us are guilty of an attitude that basically says, “Just give me the abundant life but I really don’t have time for all that other stuff. I just want the part of Christianity that makes me feel good.”
Ask all those young men who are about to play in the National Championship game if all the discipline and hard work was worth it. Their lives are considerably more abundant today than a year ago. And they are feeling really good — probably better than any other time in their lives.
If you will make a commitment to God’s game plan, your life will take on new excitement, richness, and meaning. Life will take on an abundance the likes of which you’ve never seen. And you will experience those good feelings you desire.
Start today. Get to work on those things in your life that are displeasing to God. Get your spiritual house in order. And begin to look for ways that you can help others who can’t return the favor. Who do you know that could use some words of comfort? Who do you know that needs a helping hand or needs defending? Whose life could be radically changed if you shared the good news of Jesus Christ?
As you prepare for work each day — prepare yourself for God’s work. Be the light in somebody’s life today. Take ownership of God’s game plan and make a difference in your world.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Please God Right Now
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.