2/26: Work the Plan

Any one of us who have ever accomplished something did so because the thought of the thing first entered into our minds. But we’ve all met people who have great ideas and may even start things, yet they can’t quite seem to finish. Why is that? Those who finish involve more than mind and muscle; those who finish allow the thought to get down into their heart. A thought allowed to penetrate the heart becomes a purpose. Then and only then will things actually be accomplished!

Although we may have thoughts of what we want to do with our lives, have we ever seriously considered what God wants to do with our lives? Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). The Hebrew word translated here as “plans” means “intention, purpose, and thought.” In other words, God has thought some things out on our behalf and He has intentions for us; He has purposes that He intends for us to fulfill.

The question is, “How willing are we to allow God’s purposes for us to become more than idle thoughts? Have God’s thoughts/plans for us entered our hearts?” When we have thoughts about what we want to accomplish, we let that thought marinate until it becomes a heart issue and then a drive. We do research, spend money, take classes, set up shop, design a website, order product – we do whatever is necessary to see that dream come into fruition. Are we this diligent about the plans God has for us?

Norman Vincent Peale has said, “Plan your work then work your plan.” The  apostle Paul would have altered this statement a bit. After writing Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJ) which says, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure,” Paul would have said, “God’s planned your work, now work His plan.”

Notice several things from Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 2:12-13:

  • God’s plans are great plans – they are plans to prosper us, not to harm us, to give us hope, and to give us a future.
  • It is our responsibility to work out God’s plans .
  • God assists us by giving us a love for the work (“…it is God who works in you both to will…”), and the energy for the work (“…and to do…”)
  • When we work out God’s plans, we do so “for His good pleasure.”

Well, why are you just sitting there? Get to work!

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on February 26, 2013.

One Response to “2/26: Work the Plan”

  1. Lord God, use me as you will.

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