God has a plan for you Entrepreneur
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah was given a horrific message of destruction to deliver to God’s people, in consequence for their rebellion. But in the midst of the dreadful message came a hint of deliverance.
Many of them would never live to see it, and none of it would be easy, but He made a way …through Christ.
We each have a part to play in God’s plan to permeate the gospel from our neighborhoods to the far corners of the earth. God’s Word is a faithful lamp to guide us as we seek His plan for our lives.
What Does God's Plan Look Like for the World?
Though we continue to be a people that rebel against God and struggle with sin, salvation in Christ secures our eternal place in heaven. Jesus will return to earth to complete the restoration of God’s people and creation. Until then, our purpose is to tell people about Jesus verbally and visually by the way we live our lives. God’s love is life-saving, merciful, and compassionate. Through Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit lives in us, and His love flows through us.
What Does God's Plan Look Like for Me?
We’re all moving parts of God’s kingdom, bringing glory to Him through all we do. Full functioning in God’s plan feels like a personal conversation. He is faithful to lead us when we ask Him for direction. God’s plan for our lives is rooted in working hard with the gifts and talents He’s given us in order to meet the needs in our community and around the world.
How Do I Know if I'm Following God's Plan for Me?
Writer Star Walker poignantly observed that self-control, hard work, discipleship, and wisdom have a lot to do with the will of God in our lives. Daily time in prayer and in God’s Word direct us. Paul wrote to his mentee, Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
James wrote, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
God will meet us where we are, and place people purposefully to admonish and guide us. Praying and studying the following Scriptures, and others, will help to remind and encourage us God that has a plan.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Gratitude reflects our trust in God. He tells us to be thankful in order to right our perspective. “Our life in Christ isn’t something we can earn; it’s found in God’s grace. And for this we need to express gratitude daily.” We thank Him intentionally, for every blessing and burden because we trust His plan for our lives. He is faithful to hear and answer us, but His ways are not our ways. We may not understand a hard season until we can look back and see His hand all over it.
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepard of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, though Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
It is through Jesus we are equipped to do God’s will. His plan for our lives is accomplished, not by what we can do, but on the back of Christ’s sacrifice. “May he work in us what is pleasing to him,” reflects a submissive obedience to lay down our agenda for His. We are made to crave God’s presence and glorify His name. He calls us to seek peace in our everyday lives. These verses remind us we are also created to depend on God. “His purpose from the beginning and for all time is that all human beings would always be sheep in need of a Shepherd.” -John Piper
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
The pursuit of wisdom in an important part of God’s plan. We collect knowledge throughout our lives, in tandem with the alive and active Word of God. Revealed by the Holy Spirit through prayer, God makes personal connections to grow us in wisdom. Not a God of coincidence, He purposefully builds upon the foundation of salvation with each passing day. We can even look back and learn from our memories, set to the new light of wisdom and discernment we have attained in the current day, as we grow in our faith. “We won’t act as wisely as we could, if we are ignorant of relevant reality, or if we are undiscerning of the immediate dynamics of the situation or if we simply don’t have the resolve to act, because we are lazy or afraid.” John Piper
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You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
How You Can Trust God's Plan
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
It’s not going to be easy for us to trust God and follow Christ.“Each one of us has a life plan,” wrote Mary Southerland, “But the only plan that matters is the plan made for you by the One who formed you- the One who loves you, knows you and has set you apart to be His own. And it is a great plan!”The NET version of Proverbs 3:5-6 says to “acknowledge him in all you ways.” Submission and acknowledgement are expression of honor and humility. In a world telling us to follow our dreams, we must trade self-consumed plans with God-ordained purposes. God’s plans unfold in the daily steps of obedience in our lives.
Keep these ten verses close in proximity and prayer, and add to them the ones God has revealed to your heart. His love is unfailing, His plans immovable, and His strength unstoppable. Through Christ, we can do great things …impossible things. Whatever gifts we’ve been given, come with a God-purposed plan.
God Bless You!
Andries van Tonder
Serial Entrepreneur/investor since 2013.