Readers, you’ve heard my rants. We find total fulfillment in God alone. I say it because it’s true.
When you think of success, though, what images come to mind? You might see financial success, raising a well-rounded family, or even being a Christian leader.
Many Christians earnestly desire to be great for God. Some want to lead a Christian nation; others want to help bring the broken to God. Helping people toward salvation is an awesome goal!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)
Although our goals may be entirely selfless, they may not be what God has in mind. In Jeremiah, God says that He has plans to give us a future of good and fulfillment.
“What then should I do to fulfill God’s plan for me?” you ask. “Surely He’d give me some direction in my decision, if I can’t answer every specific question by reading the Bible!”
First, God doesn’t “need” you to do something to fulfill His plan. If He wills it, it will happen. But God does tell us how to act Christian.
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:17, 18 ESV)
If you live perfectly in the Lord, then you’re doing everything right and you can have confidence. This verse even says that you don’t have to organize a war against evil to be a Christian; you can just avoid it.
We’re not all perfect though. What then?
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:18, 19 ESV)
If life is good for you right now, then let your blessings be like ripples in a pond. By showing love to others, they will return the favor if anything happens to you.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33, 34 ESV)
You store up heavenly treasures for yourself, and you can work in the lives of others. Seeking God first can be difficult, especially if you’ve hit a lull in your faith. You might need some action.
If so, then explore your spiritual gifts a bit. Try volunteering somewhere. Try a different church service. Goodness, try volunteering at a church service, even! The possibilities are many.
Go and make disciples of the nations, of your street, or even yourself.
Peace to you.