Some people are going through life with no goals and no plans; aiming at nothing and hitting it every time. As soldiers of the Cross, we have a goal. It is the same goal that our Lord Jesus has. It is to bring Joy to the world. In the process, “He comes to make His blessings flow, far as the curse is found.”
Some people go through life with no aspirations and no desires; yet they are full of regrets and remorse. That’s no game plan. Our game plan is to receive and extend the Kingdom of God, and in so doing, shine the light of His love to dispel all darkness. That is what Jesus came to do. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b). We are commissioned to do the same; to annihilate and obliterate, to eliminate and eradicate all things opposed to the righteousness of God.
So what’s your game plan? My wife and I rented a townhouse with the intent of staying there one year, because the neighborhood was not good. We stayed seven years. Sometimes the best laid plans must be adjusted and amended. But at the end of the day, you begin with a plan; at the end of the day, the goal is the aim and the aim is the goal.
So what’s your game plan? Keep in mind that if you delight yourself in the Lord (aim), He will give you the desires of your heart (goal). Keep in mind that we are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (aim). “Our heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that we need . . . and he will give them to us if we give him first place in our lives and live as He wants us to” (Matt 6:31-33,TLB). That’s the goal. That’s the game plan.
So stick to your game plan. This can’t be emphasized enough. Don’t deviate or be deterred. Once you know the game plan, it’s imperative that you stick to the game plan. The enemy will try to thwart your plans and intentions. The enemy will try to use people to discourage you and throw you off track. Don’t let him and don’t let them.
Stick with the game plan. Be determined. Be dogged. Be determinedly dogged and have dogged determination. Be resolute, resilient and always resist the devil. Don’t let “some people” derail your plans. Yes, some people aren’t going anywhere, and they’re jealous of where you are going. Don’t let them phase you.
The Apostle Paul had a God given game plan. Paul was God’s “chosen instrument to carry the name of the Lord before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. And he also was to suffer much for His name” (Acts 9:15-16, NIV). By contrast, Paul’s enemies had a game pan. “After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, but Saul learned of their plan” (Acts 9:23-24).
We know that the enemy comes “to steal, to kill and to destroy.” But the plan of the enemy is known and we will outsmart him, outmaneuver him and outplay him. Our Lord Jesus has already conquered the wily devil and this wayward world. Now it’s our turn to defeat our flesh and achieve the goal of being like Him.
So stick to the game plan. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight’ (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). Along the way, save money, give time, listen more, argue less, and remember that no matter what, “all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans” (Romans 8:28, TLB).