Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

            Where are you going this summer? Got your vacation plans set? It may be that you are intending to go on a mission trip, or a vacation to the mountains or near the water. Perhaps, you have no real plans to go out of town, but you may be thinking of an outing here or there close-by. For certain, there is enough to do right here at home that you would never get around to doing it all. One thing is for sure; whether you have plans to go out of town or just stay around home you are planning to do something!

I talked with a long time friend on the phone the other day. I have not seen him in years, but from time to time we try to catch up during a marathon phone call. During our visit, we talked about ways we might be able to spend some time together in the future. He suggested an Alaskan Cruise or a trip to the Northwest where he lives. I told him that it all sounds like wonderful thoughts, but that I did not know when we would be able to get around to it. He responded by saying that “around to it” cannot be found on a calendar. He was right you know! If you want to go somewhere bad enough, you will set a date and start making plans for it. We worked as missionaries for several years in New Zealand. Many times I have heard people say, “I have always wanted to go to New Zealand.” My response was, “Set a date, and go!”

During Jesus’ ministry, He was constantly on the go, from village to village preaching and teaching. All along the way, He had a pretty tight schedule to follow, knowing precisely the time when His life would be laid down for all of us. He had a plan, and He worked His plan.

The last words of Jesus upon this earth were to go and preach the gospel to all the nations. He did not say how to go, but simply to Go! Gospel preaching is about verbal expression of the saving grace of Christ. However, preaching is not only speaking. Preaching the gospel is also to be found in the life of Christians. How you act and what you do speaks volumes.

Do you have a plan? Do you have a plan for your soul? Have you earnestly considered your plans concerning eternity? Do you have a plan for Jesus in your daily walk? Do you have a plan of action to show your faithfulness to Him? Do you have a plan for your work, and for your involvement in the congregation? Think about it! While life is filled with options and opportunities to enhance this mortal experience, do not fail to get a hold of a good plan for your walk with the Lord. Getting ready for being with God begins now!

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:13–15 ESV)

A good plan begins with a good recognition of Who makes plans work. Start doing more for the Lord with prayer and direction. Ask God to open doors He wants opened, and close the doors He deems necessary to close. Then, set your heart toward the work of the Lord.