Growing up I really had no direction in life.
If you were to follow me around during my middle school years you’d probably think that my goal in life was to play as much video games as I possibly could. In High School my goal was to be as popular as I possibly could.
If you had someone following you around what would they say that the point of your life was? Maybe it’s doing well at school or being popular, maybe it’s living up to the expectations of your parents and friends, maybe it is playing video games or Netflix bringing or finding comfort some other way.
All of us have some reason to keep on living life but I think all of us also have this feeling that there must be something more, a bigger meaning for our lives. A purpose or calling in life that we need to figure out. If you’re a Christian then you might call that God’s plan for your life.
A lot of people I know are distracted in life because they want to know what God’s plan is. If God has a plan we want to know it, we want to figure it out so that we know the right steps to take in life. That’s what kept Middle School me from doing anything meaningful with my life. I had no idea what God had me here for, and no idea where to start looking to find out what it might be. All I wanted was some message in the sky telling me what I was supposed to do in life.
It’s not that easy though right? There’s not many people I know who just asked God “what’s your plan for my life” and got an immediate “Dave, you should go to Idaho and be a software engineer.” That rarely ever happens.
So is there a plan for my life? A reason that I’m here? If so then why hasn’t God told me?
I think knowing why we’re here, God’s plan for our lives is a lot simpler than we make it out to be. We make it complicated by demanding that God make it clear on our terms when he’s already made it clear in Scripture.
You see, God’s big plan throughout scripture as you’ve seen through our Basic’s series is to re-make the world into a perfect creation. He’s doing that through Jesus’ death on the cross making a way for people to be in a relationship with God and be re-made from the inside out. That’s God’s big plan for the world.
God and Us
One of my favorite pictures of what the relationship between God and the people of God (the Church) is that of a father and a child.
2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty
In the ancient world a child would do whatever their father did for work. There were no college majors, no aptitude tests, if your dad was a carpet maker, that’s what you were doing too no questions asked. So in this picture of a father and child we see that our purpose is to be loved by God and to do what God is doing and that’s God’s plan for our lives.
Let me say that again. God’s plan for your life is A. To be loved by him and B. To do what he’s doing.
Let that sink in. Your first purpose in life is to be loved, not because of what you do, not because of who you are , but because of who God is. God loves you because God is love. So you need to own that you are deeply and fully loved by God regardless of your performance. That’s a powerful truth, and that’ll change you.
The second part is this. To do what God is doing. What’s he doing? Re-making the world to be perfect again through spreading the news that Jesus has conquered death, that we’re free from shame and fear, that God’s judgment has fallen on Jesus and we can become sons and daughters of God in his new world. We’re free to follow God, and as a result, we follow God’s commands with joy, knowing that they bring us closer to him.
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 22: 37-40 “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Micah 6:8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.
So we join God by spreading the news with him, wherever we go in whatever we’re doing. In Ephesians Paul even tells us that we’re custom built for this purpose, that he’s given us skills and abilities to be able to go to every level of society.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
So the easiest way to know your plan in life is, as Bob Goff would say is:
“add your whole life, your love your passions, and your interests together with what God said He wants us to be about, and that’s your answer”
Disciples Making Disciples
So what’s God all about? Telling the world about the good news of Jesus. How do we do that? Through believing it and living it our ourselves. The Bible would call someone who believe’s the Gospel and tries to live it out in every area of their lives a disciple. Telling people about Jesus in every area of our lives is making disciples.
So we’re all about Disciples Making Disciples.
Trusting that we’re loved and doing what God is doing.
God is less concerned with what you’re doing and more concerned with who you’re becoming. He didn’t make you to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a teacher. He made you to be a disciple maker who might also happen to be a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher. Your profession is a secondary thing in life, not primary.
So when you ask God what to do with your life the answer will always be; make make disciples, wherever you go, whatever you do, wherever your giftings lead you, go and make disciples of every tribe, tongue, and nation baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”