The Plan of God for the Future is in Your Hands

“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,for he will save his people from their sins.” -Matthew 1:21

When Mary and Joseph were told that they would be having a child, they were also told that he would be the savior of the world! In other words, God was making them stewards of His plan to save the world. What a great and awesome responsibility.

I am sure that throughout their time raising Jesus they had their doubts, especially since His ministry didn’t start until He was 30 years old! I am sure they often thought, “Savior of the world? He’s 20 years old and he’s a carpenter. How is he going to save the world?” After 30 years of taking care of Jesus, they finally saw the plan of God unfold in and through Him. It must have been an incredible feeling to know they were a part of the plan of God!

I have news for you, if you work with people then you have the plan of God for the future in your hands. God’s plan to reach people through the church involves people! Therefore, anyone you invest in for the Kingdom of God, is a part of the plan of God for the future.

If you’re a teacher, God’s plan for the future is in your classroom.

If you’re a youth pastor, God’s plan for the future is in your youth ministry.

If you’re a children’s worker – the plan of God for the future is in your hands.

If you are a parent – the plan of God for the future is in your hands.

If you serve at a church, the people you serve are God’s plan for the future.

If you are a pastor, God’s plan for the future is in your congregation.

We never know who we are investing or what their part will be in God’s story.

It may seem like we’re investing and investing and investing, but nothing is coming out of all the time and energy we’re spending. Have you been there?

Keep investing anyway. Just like Joseph and Mary could have given up because up until 30 years old Jesus was just a carpenter, they keep investing. Kept believing. Then, at the age of 30, Jesus ministry began and He literally saved the entire human population!

We may not see how God is going to use the people we’re investing in right now, but in the years to come, it will become clear. Maybe they’re the next Billy Graham, maybe they raise their own kids who end up changing the world, or maybe they raise a family who, five generations from now do something great.

All of those scenarios have one thing in common . . . The fact that you have a part to play in God’s plan for the future.

What an awesome things to get to be a part of.

Thoughts?

 

 

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