God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure…
…God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in heaven and on earth. – Ephesians 1: 5, 9 – 10 NLT
The next celebration in most countries now is Christmas. There is a lot of buzz going on. Christmas lights are being turned on in cities, decorations put up in shops, new adverts on TV and radio. The kids are already talking about what they want for Christmas and people all around are talking about their christmas plans.
For some the Christmas shopping is already in progress and the plan is clear. They already have the gifts or know what gifts they are buying, know where they will be on the day, who they are inviting for dinner and what they are having etc. For others like me (the ones ussually in the shops on Christmas eve wondering why everything is sold out) there is no plan yet!
Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ and the text in Ephesians above tells us that God had a plan regarding Christ, and it was a plan that gave Him great pleasure! A plan to bring mankind to Himself through Christ
Well, just like God – if you are married, you must have had a plan for your marriage and I hope like God’s plan, it’s a plan that brought and still brings you pleasure. If you are not married yet, then I hope you have a plan too for your marriage and that it’s a plan that brings you pleasure, a plan that you have fantasies about and that you intend to execute and make the best of.
A lot of people have plans for every detail of the wedding ceremony and even hire a wedding planner, but fail to plan for the marriage itself. This is one of the reasons marriages fail, as Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”.
Today, as you look forward to Christmas and begin to make plans for the holidays, we ask that you pause and think about God’s plan for Christmas. Do you know His plan and how you fit into it?
Also spend time thinking about your own plan for your marriage. What plans did you have for your marriage and are you fulfilling them? If not, what can you do to revive the plan?
If you never really had a plan or thought of one, it’s not too late to have one. If you had a plan but things are not working to plan then, it’s time to go to God – and tell Him about your plans and that you want your plans to give you pleasure too.
Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3 NLT