We all want the “inside scoop”. We know we do. And so here is good news. We have it. We really do. Paul got it directly from God. The plan is that God wants everyone to experience the good life through Jesus. No one is to be excluded.
We get the inside story directly from God as well. We share in the same good news. We aren’t left out of His new plan for us at all.
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. Ephesians 3:1-3
- Introducing the Church by Mark D. Roberts (lacykitkat.wordpress.com)
- The Power of Story (creativeelbowgrease.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah 53:12, Luke 23:34, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Forgive Them Father (yourfaithhashealedyou.wordpress.com)
- In all honesty… (exegete77.wordpress.com)
He walks over to me. He reaches out His hand. Slowly He wipes away my tears. He dries them off very carefully. No more mourning. No more crying. No more pain. That is all in the past. The new plan has kicked in. He is making everything according to the new plan. His goal and His strategy is now the order of the day. Not there yet but closer every day. He is in control. He is in power and will bring every aspect of the plan to a close. He executes every detail. No worry or concern.
I can count on it. It is a fact. I can write it down for He is faithful to bring it all to pass. The new plan is done.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. Revelation 21:4-6
Do you like hints? They can be a little frustrating but they can also be fun. They can also be significant beyond what I think some days. So, in God’s old way of doing things (Old Testament / Old Covenant / the Law), He gave us hints in the old plan about the good things to come in His new way of doing things. He had a new plan. A new way of relating to us. And, He not only planned for it, He did it.
So we had the hints. If you know where you are going and it is a big difference from where things are today, sometimes you hint about what the future will be like. God did that for sure. It is easy to get locked in the past. God wants me to live in the new way. It is the good news plan.
And then we had Jesus being born to change things permanently. And He did. Plan executed.
The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. Thank goodness things got simplified in the new plan. No more countless rules and regulations to remember. Just love God and love everyone else I come in contact with.
Jesus has called me. He wants me. It is His desire that I do what I do right now. He is sending me forward according to His new plan. I have been picked up and cleaned up. While I missed the mark before, that is not the case now since He is so good to show me the way. I was a mess before but not now.
I have been set apart by Him for a life filled with God. He is my Master and He is yours as well. He wants to have this great relationship, founded on love. That is all he wants.
It does come back to “What would Jesus do?” kind of question.
- What is Jesus focused on? (mww1954.wordpress.com)
- What Life Is (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Who Can Open the Scroll (shelleywilliamsblog.com)
- The Best Leaders (foolforhim.wordpress.com)
- Do We Really Understand Forgiveness? (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- What Brings You to the Master? (sophialorenabenjamin.wordpress.com)
Stop and think about that.
God has a plan. He has a plan for us. He has had His eye on us. Looking to do great things in and through us.
God has a “master plan” for how everything works together to bring His ultimate designs together. He is God. This is the way he works. He isn’t into “one offs”. It all works together for achieving what He has had in mind all this time.
“Long before we first heard of the Messiah and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” ~Apostle Paul (Ephesians 1:12 The Message)