"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the Cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant."
Every story has a beginning. A place where we think the plan will take shape. And we all have a plan in life or at least we think we do. Sometimes the plan works out. You marry the love of your life. Build the house. Have the kids. Land the job. Get the promotion. Live the dream. Other times the plan seems to fall apart before it even begins. The unexpected happens. A diagnosis. A mistake. A poor decision. A separation. A divorce. You lose out. You get hurt. You are passed over, and the result is the death of the dream.
But our God is in the business of doing for us what we can’t do for ourselves, and what we sometimes see as a mistake, God sees as grounds for His miracles.
Think about the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, and the creation story. God’s plan didn’t include the fall from grace. It didn’t include exile, banishment, and death, but it didn’t blind-side Him either. He knew it would happen, and yet He chose to allow it.
Because,He had a plan. Jesus. God’s plan for you and for me, is Jesus. It’s always been Jesus. The hope of humanity was, is, and forever will be Jesus.
And this act of salvation wasn’t done begrudgingly but from His generosity. God was pleased to bring restoration back to the relationship between us and Him.
God chose you. He chose us to carry His name, and proclaim His fame to the world that He created. He chose us to carry the gospel, the good news; that Jesus loves the world, died for the sins of the world, and reconciled a broken relationship between us and Him “by making peace through His blood, shed on the Cross.”
Sinners found innocent in the presence of a holy God. How?
JESUS. His life. His blood. His Cross. His death. His resurrection. His invitation for us to know Him and make Him known.
The invitation of the Cross and a life of following Christ is a call to leave a life of self-preservation, and embrace the story of redemption. This invitation is an opportunity for us to step away from the story we want to tell, and to step into the story God has been trying to tell since He put it all in motion. It’s an invitation to tell the world, God has done what we could not do for ourselves.
The Son of God became a Servant and Savior for all of humanity. This was and is God’s plan. What you do with it now rests in your hands. The opportunity to say yes is there. But so is the option to say no.
What’s your plan? Have things worked the way you laid it all out? Or did something go sideways? Was there an interruption? Did your plans change? Or maybe… you’re reading this doubting there ever was a plan.
Know you’re in good company. For thousands of years the people of God have been doubting, but God doesn’t allow our doubt to restrain His response to us. And His response forever will be the Cross that says, Trust there is a plan. Trustthere has been a plan from the BEGINNING. Trustyou are in the plan of MERCYand GRACE. And trust Jesus when He says, He will FINISHwhat He STARTED.
Every story has a resolve, an ending. And our story isn’t over. I hope it works out. People need more. People need something real, actual, tangible, something they can carry with them in their struggle and their success. To the job and to the coffee shop. People need to know about Jesus.
The plan was, is, and always will be JESUS WITH US.
We are so excited for what God is doing at Destiny Church! We had some amazing guest speakers at both of our campuses; Titan Games Athlete Jessica Griffith and Macy Mitchell who owns CrossFit Republic. We are excited that our kids and middle schoolers are heading to camp at the end of this month for a fun, God filled weekend. We are also getting closer to the launch of our Lifegroups! If you are interested in being a leader, please contact:
Pastor Mark, email@example.com
Rob Ashley firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a blessed month!
We are so thankful for our amazing Missions Cafe Team. They have served us faithfully every Sunday. Working hard to make our delicious free coffe and our speciality drinks. Make sure you stop by Sunday mornings to tell them how much you appreciate them and grab a drink! If you are interested in joining a serve team at Destiny, please sign up for our Next Steps class so we can help get you plugged in /connect/next-steps.