The big point of the current sermon series, “Not So Random,” is that God has a plan. Over the course of a few weeks, I’ve talked about how (1)Jesus was the plan of salvation from the beginning, how (2)God strategically draws people to become saved, and most recently, how (3)people who get saved have a future planned by God.
I hope you see that I’m following a logical progression with these topics, because they didn’t just happen by random selection. As the lead teaching pastor, I plan for what I preach. While I’m always open to changing the plan as the Holy Spirit leads, I’ve found it extremely rare that God drastically wants me to change what I had planned to preach at the last minute. As a matter of fact, that has happened only a couple times since I began preaching full-time in 2000. My take-away is that God generally works with and in spite of our plans, rather than asking us to not plan or live unintentionally moment to moment.
A favorite Scripture is Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
I’ve never been a natural-born planner, but I’ve come to learn that there is great profit in planning. Also, I’ve found it true that if you slack off in planning, you’re planning for poverty. It’s true for business, family issues and definitely true for our spiritual lives too!
- You’ll never just find yourself praying more often if you’re not deliberate.
- You’ll never know more Bible if you’re not deliberate.
- You’ll never show up to worship in the right frame of mind if you’re not deliberate.
Get deliberate, plan out the week now to center around God, and I’ll see you Sunday. The sermon (Lord Willing!) will be “No Random Life,” a reminder that we have an awesome Creator Who deserves a worshipful and obedient response.
If you’ve missed some of these messages, you can listen online or download them free at our sermons page.