God's Plan Is For You, Right Now
We've been talking about God's plan in relation to Christmas.
But so often, God's plan can seem like an "out there" situation, and not something that impacts us directly in our day-to-day life.
In general, we tend to try to point God's plan for people away from ourselves.
Rather than openly work out our own problems or situation, we push the conversation off to be an "out there" problem.
God doesn't let us do that.
And although it can be uncomfortable, we should be thankful that He doesn't let us.
During Jesus' earthly ministry, there were ongoing questions about other people's sins. Other people's issues. Other people's salvation.
But Jesus always guided His listeners to stop thinking about other people's decisions and situations, and to start thinking about their own.
"There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." -Luke 13:1–5
These two historical events (the problem Pilate created with the sacrifices, and the tower that fell and killed many) were recent and on people's mind. Specifically, people wondered about the possible salvation and godliness of those who died.
And you know what Jesus said?
"That's not your problem." (my paraphrase)
And then He went on to remind them that they still have life to live,
they still have descisions to make
and the end is drawing near.
We can't push off our relationship with God forever.
And we shouldn't push it of for another moment.
As Paul reminded us:
"For He says, 'In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.' Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation." -2 Corinthians 6:2
Beginning with Christmas day, God brought salvation to the world, for us to accept and live in... today.
If you haven't trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He offers that to you today. To start fresh. To start new. Because today is the favorable time. Today is the day of salvation. Because tomorrow isn't promised.
And, if you already have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, don't forget that He still has a plan for you, right now.
For as long as we have breath, God has a reason and purpose for us to still be here.
As Paul reminded us in Ephesians 2:10,
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
God has plans for you today.
So, lets not waste it.