So what are your plans for the weekend? Have you made any? How about the upcoming Easter holidays? Taking a trip? Gathering with family? How about longer-range stuff? Are you looking forward to starting a family…. Buying a home… beginning a new job or business? Or, maybe you’ve done all that… maybe you’re looking forward to or have begun retirement. Newly empty-nesters, or trying to adapt to ‘new normals’ of health or finances.
After you’ve done all that… ALL that. Then what? What are your plans for eternity….. “Infinity and beyond” as Buzz Lightyear would say. What do you envision for then?
Myself, I’m open to the plans of my Creator. He has good plans for me already. The way He said it to Jeremiah, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” He was talking about the plans He has for His people, for Israel, and all who become part of the true Israel through faith in the sacrifice of Christ to save them.
“I am going there to prepare a place for you,” said Jesus. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2,3)
So what am I doing to prepare for that? Peter offers some good guidance: “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” (2 Pet. 3:11,12)
Jesus said, “Watch!” (Mark 13:37). He said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16). He said, “…go and make disciples…” (Matt. 28:19). And He told what awaited those who were just going through the motions, “…I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matt. 7:23).
So I want to know Him now… know Him more… and more. Paul wanted the same thing. He wrote, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Phil. 3:10). He said, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14).
The Person, the Presence and the Power of the Holy Spirit helps us grow in relationship with Christ. Prayer is our primary channel of communications. Plan on it. Make Christ your goal; make prayer your priority.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Eph. 6:18)