Planning is in my genes.
My father did it, my mom does it, and I’ve followed suit.
My profession demands it.
Dates are entered in Windows calendar, synced with my blackberry and handwritten on a day planner. When someone asks about an activity date I can normally answer. Those on teams with me learn I live by the rule: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
While plans are helpful, having them doesn’t guarantee success.
I once planned to farm. My grandfathers farmed, and I loved everything about it. It didn’t happen. I didn’t plan to preach but it happened anyway. Why? Two different agendas.
Jesus’ agenda was stringent. He knew how to draw and disperse a crowd. Revealing his agenda and its requirements always divided His listeners: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Matthew 16:24 NIV).
God’s idea of an honorable agenda normally clashes with mine. Pursuing a high paying job, a beautiful wife, children, a large home, several cars, an impressive retirement and investment portfolio might be my idea of an admirable agenda.
But following God’s agenda requires sacrifice.
There's nothing pretty about a cross or giving up things we want to follow Jesus. The disciples did it anyway. Their reward was ridicule, rejection, persecution, misunderstanding and for some martyrdom. But what others classified "failure" or "stupidity," God deemed success.
Worthy agendas are set through prayer and intense meditation on God’s Word. This will position us on paths that honor God and positively impact our world.
We always win when we Let God determine our agenda.
Lord, guide us to accept Your agenda regardless of whether it leads where we selfishly want to go.
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