There is no plan B. There is no backup plan. Contingencies are out the door. God has a goal for me and my life. I need to lean into Jesus and hear the plan for today.
The enemy deceives me, leading me to believe if I do not do what my Father wants, then someone else will do it. That is not the truth.
Here is the truth.
- God created me to join Him in the work He is doing.
- This is the good work He has gotten ready for me to do.
- This is the work I had better be doing.
- He does not have anyone else in mind to do it. He does not have a plan B.
- There is no backup plan. It is His plan for me.
God is ready. Am I?
For we are his workmanship, created in the Messiah [Christ] Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Ephesians 2:10). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
God has a plan for us. God know what it is. Romans 8:29-30 tells us,
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Ephesians 1:5 and 11 declare,
He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus the Messiah [Christ], in accordance with his pleasure and will…In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
The words translated “predestined” in the Scriptures referenced above are from the Greek word proorizo, which carries the meaning of “determining beforehand,” “ordaining,” “deciding ahead of time.”
- God is God. God is in charge.
- God determines certain things to occur ahead of time.
- What did God determine ahead of time? According to Romans 8:29-30, God predetermined that certain individuals would be conformed to the likeness of His Son, be called, justified, and glorified.
Is it fair for God to make these types of determinations? Why would God choose certain individuals and not others? The important thing to remember is that no one deserves to be saved. We have all sinned and are all worthy of eternal punishment.
- As a result, God would be perfectly just in allowing all of us to spend eternity in hell.
- However, God chooses to save some of us.
- He is not being unfair to those who are not chosen, because they are receiving what they deserve.
- God’s choosing to be gracious to some is not unfair to the others.
I think it is important to remember this from our Master Jesus, the Messiah.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
John 15:16 (ESV)
No one deserves anything from God; therefore, no one can object if he does not receive anything from God. An illustration would be a man randomly handing out money to five people in a crowd of twenty. Would the fifteen people who did not receive money be upset? Probably so. Do they have a right to be upset? No, they do not. Why? Because the man did not owe anyone money. He simply decided to be gracious to some.
If God is choosing who is saved, doesn’t that undermine our “free will” to choose and believe in Jesus? The Bible says that we have the choice—all who believe in Jesus the Messiah will be saved.
- The Bible never describes God rejecting anyone who believes in Him or turning away anyone who is seeking Him.
- Somehow, in the mystery of God, predestination works hand-in-hand with a person being drawn by God and believing unto salvation.
- God predestines who will be saved, and we must choose the Messiah in order to be saved.
- Both facts are equally true. This is not an either/or proposition. It is yes/and!
Romans 11:33 proclaims,
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Consider the wisdom of King Solomon on this:
Yahweh [The Lord] has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Proverbs 16:4 (ESV)