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Friday, January 3, 2014

Plans For The New Year

In review of Ephesians 1:10 it says, “He planned to bring all of history to its goal in Christ. Then Christ would be the head of everything in heaven and on earth.”

Bottom Line:
At the right time he will bring all creation together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

What this means to me:
This verse reminds me that, at the right time, God’s plan is to bring all things together under the authority of Christ. Goal setting isn’t just a good idea for productivity. It’s much more of a spiritual discipline, like prayer, fasting, giving, and reading the Bible. Goal setting is an act of stewardship I can take as I attempt to make the most of all God has given me. I can easily waste my life, plenty do it. In order for me to make the most of my life and invest it in a way that outlasts me, I’ll need goals. In general I can be someone who makes things happen, watches things happen, or be clueless as to what’s happening! Those who make things happen are the ones who change the world. Even God sets goals. The Bible says, “[God] planned to bring all of history to its goal in Christ. Then Christ would be the head of everything in heaven and on earth.” Ephesians 1:10 (GWT). God didn’t sit around and let the history of the world unfold in a way he found appropriate. He planned history. God has goals for the Church. God has goals for every facet of the universe. History is moving to a climax. There will be a judgment day, when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. History is moving toward that goal — because God planned it that way. If God plans, so should we. God wants me to be like him in all facets of our lives, including goal setting. I need to avoid the thinking of “I’m not going to plan. I’m just going to trust God and go with the flow.” That would not be spiritual; it’s stupid! I need to quickly put together plans for this year. If I don’t, then I’ll end up drifting through 2014 without making any progress. God has a plan for this year, I should to.

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