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Don Stewart :: How Do Christians Respond to Knowing God's Plan?

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Don Stewart
Generally, Christians fall into several categories when it comes to knowing God's plan for them.

1.Some Are Unconcerned

Some Christians are unconcerned about knowing the will of God. Though they have trusted Christ as their Savior He is not the highest priority in their life. They let other distractions get in the way of finding God's best for them. This type of person will never be happy until they surrender themselves to the Lord to know what He wants for them.

2.Unwilling To Pay Price

Other Christians want to know what God has for them, but they are unwilling to pay the price to know His will. They want all that God has for them, but they want it the easy way. The Bible says Jesus encountered people like this. When called to follow Jesus, one man responded with an excuse:

Another of his disciples said to Him, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead. (Matthew 8:21,22).

On another occasion Jesus compared the call to discipleship to a great supper.

Then He said to him, A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come' (Luke 14:16-20).

3.Want To Know And Will Take Steps

Finally there are those believers who do want to know God's will and are willing to take the steps to know. There is, however, a price to pay for discipleship. Jesus said:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me (Matthew 16:24).


God has a plan for each believer and each one of us can know that plan for our life. Unfortunately, too many Christians are unconcerned about knowing God's plan or unwilling to pay the price. Those who wish to know, and are willing to pay the price, will receive great spiritual rewards when they find God's best for their life.

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