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By DAN THOMPSON
“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” John 17:18 NIV
“What’s Gods plan for my life?” We’ve all asked that question at some point in our lives. Christians everywhere are longing to answer God’s call. They’re eager to fulfill the divine purpose for which they were created. But we all need direction in finding out what that plan is…
God never intended for us to be in the dark about His plan for our lives. He left us clear, written instructions concerning His will for us. What’s more, He gave us a pattern to follow so we could see how to carry out those instructions.
The pattern is Jesus. We’ve been sent forth into the world to continue His ministry. I know that sounds like a tall order, but it’s true. He said so Himself in John 17:18.
Once we realize Jesus is the pattern, we need to find our exactly what Jesus was sent to do: “ The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devils work” (1JN 3:8).
Think about that. We’re called to finish what Jesus began: to destroy, undo and bring to nothing the works for the devil on earth. That’s the job God wants us to do.
That’s a big job, Dan! “How on earth am I ever going to do that?”
The same way Jesus did. After all, He promised, “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” ( JN 14:12)
In short, the works, or ministry of Jesus was threefold: 1) He healed the sick, 2) He cast out demons, and 3) He preached the good news of the kingdom of God.
Now, I know it’s easy to do the preaching and not the other two works. But the gospel was never designed to be preached without proof that Jesus is alive today. Jesus didn’t just say, “ The kingdom of God is here.” He demonstrated it. He proved the truth of what He was saying by operating in the supernatural power of God.
And He expects us to do the same. That’s Gods plan for your life!
Gods program is still the same. It didn’t change when Jesus went to sit at the Fathers right hand. He’s still expecting us to do the things He did and finish what He started. He is waiting for us to rise up by the Spirit of God and make His enemies His footstool. So what are you waiting for? Fulfill God’s plan in the earth. Fulfill your calling. Fulfill your destiny.
Dan Thompson is pastor of New Life Foursquare Church
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.