Yesterday we started a mini series on the subject of guidance, and began by looking at the big picture: God’s plan. God’s plan for our lives is to present us holy and blameless as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:3, 5:22-33).
Sometimes, when faced with real decisions to make, it can feel like it’s hard to know what God wants us to do. If neither option is obviously wrong, sinful, or stupid, we can often be anxious about what to choose. But knowing God’s plan for the end, helps us to know how we ought to live in the meantime. The goal is to present us spotless, blameless and holy. This takes the pressure off a lot of those decisions – God can present me holy and blameless whether I’m a barrister or a barista, a cleaner or a CEO. Whether I’m single or married. Whether I live in Bristol or elsewhere. God’s plan is unstoppable (Eph. 1:11).
Rather than fretting about those decisions for fear of being outside of God’s plan, we are free to choose. We can strive for holiness, knowing that this is God’s plan for our lives, whatever our circumstances. As Kevin De Young puts it in Just Do Something…
“Because we have confidence in God’s will of decree, we can radically commit ourselves to his will of desire, without fretting over a hidden will of direction.”