Many of us love the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It points to hope, it points to a sovereign plan, a God that sees our struggles and will take us into victory.
The part I struggled with for years is discovering those plans, living in God’s purpose. I guess approaching it with a worldly view, that I anticipated a time of preparation, followed by equipping, then I performed my role in God’s plan. That it would be as plain to see as a career. If I found my path, studied hard and then I would live out my future in God’s plan.
Yet this isn’t how God’s plan works, it isn’t so clear cut like a job role or career choice. No, Jesus showed us that, though he had a very clear plan and purpose over his life, his years in ministry were not just a set of sequential steps.
Jesus spent much of his ministry living in the interruptions. As he journeyed towards one place he would be pulled to another, people dropped through the roof, a woman touching his cloak, another being presented before his as an adulterer.
Jesus showed us the way to live out God’s plan and purpose in our life was not a specific destination but more a way.
We don’t all have to be missionaries, ministers or worship leaders to live out God’s purpose. Rather we can be doing the shopping, filling up at a service station, playing in a park. The key to living out a life on purpose is to be aware of God in every situation.
God’s calling is not a destination, it’s a way of life – in whatever life you happen to be living. It’s loving others, witnessing to them, sharing the good news, sharing the joy. It’s taking that phone call at 9:00 pm when you are tired. It’s offering to babysit someone’s kids to give them time to have a night off. It’s paying for a stranger’s fuel when you get a prompting to do so.
It’s about being prayerful and aware of God’s presence in all aspects of your life and seeking opportunities to live out his plan by loving others. Be available, embrace the interruptions, and you will quickly find you living in God’s plan and purpose.