This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” -Jeremiah 29:10-14
There is nothing random about God, nothing haphazard. He’s not winging it, not just making it up as He goes along, playing roulette with our lives hanging in the balance. In fact, God has a plan and He knows what that plan is. He wrote it down before you were born and He’s monitoring it along the way.
God’s plan might not happen tomorrow, it might take seventy years (or more) but He is intentional about keeping His promise to you…
- His promise that He will never leave you, rather, He will come to you.
- His promise that He will bring you back to the place you were meant to be in.
- His promise that He will prosper you…
maybeprobably not with fame, money or comfort, but with joy, hope and a full life.
- His promise that He will be found when you look for Him.
- And His promise that He will rescue you when you most need it and least realize it.
There’s nothing accidental about God at all. He created the world for you to live in, He created a body for you to grow in, He gave you breath to move, He gave you a job to do and He has been preparing a reward for your retirement. There’s nothing accidental about that at all. God has been intentionally giving you opportunities to experience everything He has made you for.
The problem is that we often prefer to live accidentally. We have an aversion to plans and a dislike for anything that hints of intentionality. There’s less pressure if we don’t commit and there’s less stress to hit a goal if it doesn’t exist. So we live our lives day-to-day, hiding from the troublesome fact that we were made in the image of God – in the image of an intentional God.
As we said this past Sunday at Soma, discovering God’s plan and transforming our lives to imitate that plan is what we call “vision.” Our vision isn’t just what I, or other church leaders, want to do. It’s what we have read in God’s Word and sensed through the Holy Spirit and it’s our effort to intentionally respond to our intentional God.
Soma’s vision is to give God glory by making disciples who make disciples.
Everything we do in our gatherings and in our relationships begins with the desire to reflect glory back to the Father. And every plan we make is to help us as a body walk into an opportunity to make more disciples who will help bring the Kingdom to Brown County, to Ohio, and to the rest of the world.
I believe God has a grand purpose and plan for each and every one of us and I believe we’ve only just scratched the surface! If you’ve been sensing that God is doing something special but you’re not sure what plan is beginning to play out in your life, then you need to join us this Wednesday for “First Wednesday” as we begin process our vision and mission together. Come begin to live intentionally with us…it will change everything!