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Read Ephesians 1:1-14

With the turn of the new year, many will inaugurate bold new plans to take on some new challenge, break some bad habit, or bring something important back into focus. Statistically, most who launch out in these plans will abandon them just a few weeks into January.

Today, we read the Apostle Paul’s opening words to the churches in the city of Ephesus. Paul begins his letter by outlining a familiar story. He shares about our desperation apart from Christ. He reminds us of the generous and gracious sacrifice Christ made on the cross to reconcile us back to God. This divine rescue was the culmination of a master plan. God’s grand design was to reunite us with Himself. His plan is to “bring everything together under the authority of Christ.” (vs. 10). God wants all of creation to be aligned to purpose and will of Christ. There is nothing that could stop – or even slow down – this agenda. God’s will is always accomplished.

So, what does that mean for you and I today? We often are in the business of crafting plans for the future. Whether that future is as close a day or two or as far as several years, we scheme carefully to control our lives. Many times, we don’t take the time to consider where our plans fall into God’s grand plan. We often don’t consider how our goals are advancing the goals and priorities of Christ. When our plans come into competition with the plans of God, we lose. The converse is also true.

Think It Over

Take some time to think about the plans you have for this year, this month or even today.

  • Are your plans a part of God’s big plan?
  • How can the simple tasks and goals of our daily life become a part of God’s mission?
  • What is one thing you can do in the next few hours to be an active participant in the plan of God?

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to reveal to you the areas where you are trying to take control away from God. Repent and ask God to forgive you of not trusting Him. Pray that God would show you how you can come under the authority of Christ.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His plan for you today? Ask God to give you the insight to know what to do and the strength and courage to do it.