HERE IS THE THING — GOD’S PLAN EITHER STARTS, OR STOPS, WITH ME AND WITH YOU.
It really sticks out in my head, what I heard Archbishop Desmond Tutu say in the documentary, “I Am.” He stated, “God says, I don’t have anyone else but you.”
What if it is up to each one of us alone to carry out God’s plan? Just as Jesus died for each one of us, the world will be saved by each one of us. “He who saves a single soul , saves the world entire” (The Jewish Inscription on Oskar Schindler’s ring given to him by the Jews at Brunnlitz.)
We pray the Lord’s prayer, for the kingdom to come. But the kingdom will only come if there are agents to do the work.
We know that it is God’s will that all men be saved.
- “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10
- “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” Matt 18:14
- “God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” I Tim 2:4
And we know that God has given us MUCH. This is a responsibility.
- “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” Luke 12:48
- “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last” John 15:16
- “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Matt 25:29 (Referring to the Parable of the Talents)
And part of the responsibility is that we pass on what we have been given. We are disciple-makers, making disciple-makers, so that God’s ultimate plan will flourish throughout all time. This is how the kingdom comes.
- “And (Jesus) said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'” Matt 4:19, Mark 1:17
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Matt 28:20
- “He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” I Cor 5:19-20
- “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” II Tim 2:2
We also have a grave responsibility to fight for the integrity of God’s word. There will be those who seek to distort it or water it down. We must teach one another how to obey everything Jesus commanded.
- Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.” I Tim 4:1
- “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. ” II Tim 4:3
- Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.
- Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life.
- Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. II Tim 2:15
This can seem overwhelming. And that is why we need to have godly people in our lives, to inspire us and train us. It is not weird to seek to have people in our lives whom we can imitate. Crave relationships with others who will teach us how to use and apply the scriptures.
- “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” I Cor 1:11
- “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Heb 13
- “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” II Tim 3:16
It only takes one seed.
“Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.'” Luke 13:18-19
But that seed must die.
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24
It is up to each of us to be that seed. What do you need to die to, repent of, for God’s will to be done? WILL GOD’S PLAN START, OR STOP, WITH YOU?