You Are God's Plan A, There is No Plan B


You are God's plan A; there is no plan B.





God has sent His beloved Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus died for us, but three days later, he rose victorious over death, Hell, and the grave. His story has been changing lives for 2,000 years! And if anyone would repent of sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, God would give them the gift of eternal life.





In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands us to go and share this message.





And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20




And it is that aspect, the personal witness part, that I find to be the singularly most intimidating part of following Christ.





I get nervous. The conversation gets awkward. I would gladly delegate the duty to someone more confident than I.





But there's a problem.





You and I are God's plan A. There is no plan B.





So this is a command, not a suggestion? Correct.





OK. So how are we to go about this? 





A "Plan A" Story





There's a story in Acts 3:1-10 that demonstrates the power of Plan A. The story ends with an amazing miracle. But don't be so mesmerized by the miracle that you miss the mundane. It's just like any other day where Peter and John would go to the Temple and meet a beggar. Miraculous things happen in such mundane moments. Such is life on Plan A. 





With today's devotional challenge I want you to become familiar with the story and I want to break it down in such a way that you can see what it's like living on Plan A. Life on Plan A means that you:





  1. Go where you go (Acts 3:1) - They went to the Temple much as they did on any other day. Where are you going today?
  2. Meet who you meet (Acts 3:2) - The lame man at the gate was there daily. Who are you going to see today?
  3. Be who you are (Acts 3:3) - He saw Peter and John. Probably familiar faces. Who already knows you?
  4. Say what Jesus says (Acts 3:4-6) - We don't share something new, we share what we already know about Jesus.
  5. Watch what God does (Acts 3:6-10) - God's power healed the lame man. God is not asking you to be able, just available.




Over the next few posts, we will give detailed attention to this story. But for now, realize that life on Plan A is about doing what you do, being who you are, meeting who you meet, sharing what you already know about Jesus, and watching God do what only God can do!





Bible Study





Read Acts 3:1-10.





  • What does this passage teach you about the power of God in sharing the gospel?
  • What are some reasons to praise God that you take away from this story?
  • What does this story teach us about giving our attention to the poor and needy?




Challenge





Look for someone you see everyday and find a way to open up a gospel conversation with them.





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