God’s plans are often beautiful in their simplicity. Although, we may not always understand how He operates, yet His plans for us are quite simple to grasp. His plan to save a lost humanity was simple; become one of us, live among us (John 1:14), yet without sin, and then give his life as a sacrifice for all mankind. “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
However, though Jesus died for the whole world as our propitiation, or payment for our sins, it was not the end of the story. God cannot will to, or impose on, an individual human being His desires for them, including the gift of salvation. This must be received or rejected by the individual, enacting their privilege and right of free will. It is our choice. And since choice is tied into the fundamental idea of love, God had to grant it because His love is not forced. It must be given and received, willingly.
Therefore, part of God’s plan is for His People, His Church,to go into the whole world and, through His empowerment, convey the message of God’s love and saving grace. And that’s it!
That’s Plan A! Yep, you and I, the Church of the living God – We are Plan A in God’s scheme to reach a lost world and according to His Word, there is no Plan B.
That’s a pretty daunting thought; with over 7 billion people in the world, a vast majority of whom are lost, whose eternal destiny are resting at the hands of the Church. Let me reiterate; that’s you and I. It may be difficult to comprehend that God would firstly commit the evangelization of the world to 12 uneducated men who were commissioned to go into the whole world and preach the gospel and ultimately to the likes of you and I. But that’s exactly how He planned it.
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Cor 5:18
Not only has he chosen flawed and unqualified human beings but the methods which we are commanded to use seem almost futile, in that we are to:
- Witness & Testify – “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” 1 Tim 2:6 (KJV)
- Preach – “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor 1:18
- Disciple/Teach – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matt 28:19 (NKJV)
These methods may seem weak and it’s level of success are somewhat dependent on the response of the hearer but we are required to employ them in bringing man to an understanding of God’s love and salvation. By such methods, God desires to give all an opportunity to hear of the hope of the Gospel and respond through one’s own free will; to repent, be baptized in Jesus name and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter writes; “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
This is God’s plan and there is no alternate scheme, no plan B! We, the Church, are it! We are Plan A. If this is so, and I believe it is, then there are massive implications that must affect our lives. The hope of the world rests upon us. If we don’t get our act together, get on with it, put our hand to the plow, get our heads down and work then the world, with all the souls therein, will perish in eternal damnation.
The questions must invariably come to every believer; “What are we doing to fulfill God’s plan for a lost humanity? How are we living our lives to do exactly what the Church was commanded and created to do?” It may start with just one soul at a time but we must start somewhere because there’s no Plan B.
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.