Planning God

Today a friend commented on a lyric of a song that we sang in the church: “Give me your feet to walk in your plan.” He said that this is the toughest part to sing, as he does not know yet what God’s plan is for him. And this is precisely the problem that I want to address for students raised in campus fellowships. We correctly note that God has indeed a plan for us (or “vision”), but I guess we never stress the more important aspect of the equation, which is the already revealed plan of God for his world. What I mean is the accomplished work of Christ in the cross. That’s God’s plan for the world. He wants to reconcile everything to himself through Christ. Thus, whenever we ask what God’s plan is for us, we could never, ever ask that question in abstract anymore.

What we need to do is to align ourselves to the plan of God to reconcile everything to himself. Wherever we go, whatever we want to do, the first question that we should ask ourselves is, are we participating in the mission of God? It’s not God who needs to align himself to what we want to do in our life. It would be us who need to align ourselves to what God wants to do in his world. See the big picture first, and all the details will fit in later. Whatever you do, if it is according to the redemptive plan of God, then it is good. My point is: start with the objective aspect (see previous post) before you get into the subjective aspect. Don’t ever, ever ask about the plan of God in the abstract as if it is still unknown or concealed completely for us.

11 thoughts on “Planning God

    1. septian Post author

      Do not say in your heart,
      “Who will ascend into heaven?” or
      “Who will descend into the deep?”
      But what does it say?
      “The vision is near you;
      it is in your mouth and in your heart.”

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        1. septian Post author

          lol I thought it refers to the prophets. Anyway somehow I think of Hitler when I read that, as, you know, with vision people could perish too.

  1. Ryl

    Seseorang bisa mikir gt krn peer pressure, di mana orang-orang sekitar ngeliat dan emphasize (only) on the specific. In that case, the problem is probably on the community’s understanding?

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    1. septian Post author

      I am not sure where the problem really lies, but I guess what I want to do is simply to assert the Christological (cross-bearing!) consideration of “calling” or “vocation” or “vision” or “the plan of God” or “the will of God”, as I found that too often the question is asked in an abstract way — and it bugs me. I’m afraid that we will be basically baptizing secular notion of “vision” if we discuss it in an overtly generalized manner. It’s true that we need to discern the Spirit, but the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ.

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    1. septian Post author

      I like (the Great Commission according to) the Johannine Jesus: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” I think he deserves more recognition than what he has now.

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