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God Has a Blueprint for My Life

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God doesn't have a blueprint. He has a game plan.

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Introduction

In your Bibles, turn to and put your finger there. That’s where we’ll end up, but it will take us a bit to get there.
Quiz: Is this in the Bible?
#1
Moderation in all things.
God works in mysterious ways.
Do to others what you would have them to do you. (, NIV)
#2
The eye is the window to the soul.
A soft answer turns away wrath. (, ESV)
A soft answer turns away wrath. (, ESV)
A fool and his money are soon parted.
#3
A fool and his money are soon parted.
This, too, shall pass.
Charity begins at home.
For everything there is a season (, ESV)
Starting a new series today called Lies Christians Swallow. A big part of the content for this series comes from the book 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne.
This is important because what we believe determines how we live. And, what we believe about God and the Bible has a tremendous impact on our faith in God. Think about the disillusionment that sets in when somebody writes off God for failing to keep a promise He never made. That’s why it’s important to base our beliefs on what the Bible actually says, and to debunk lies Christians swallow in favor of the truth of God’s Word.

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The Lie/Myth: God has a blueprint for my life.

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Introduction
Have you ever asked God, “What is Your will for my life?” Have you ever noticed that when we face a major life decision we suddenly get more interested in discovering God’s will for us?
People seek God’s will in a variety of creative ways. Some of us look for signs, divine coincidences, and open doors. Others talk of whether or not they have peace about a decision. Still others seek wise counsel or a prophetic word from someone they believe has the gift of prophecy. More people than you might think play Bible roulette.
I think the majority of us believe that God’s will is both important AND elusive. Finding God’s will is like going on a cosmic Easter egg hunt, and we often come back with an empty basket, frustrated and discouraged. But this leads us to a very important question: If God’s will is so important, why is it so hard to find?
Finding God’s will is like going on a cosmic Easter egg hunt, and we often come back with an empty basket, frustrated and discouraged.
But this leads us to a very important question: If God’s will is so important, why is it so hard to find?
The answer might surprise you: It’s not that hard to know God’s will for your life. The vast majority of the time His will isn’t hidden—it’s not a mystery or an Easter egg hunt. The reason why we often come up empty is because we’re looking for the wrong thing.
If you think Easter eggs are square and polka-dotted, you’ll come back with an empty basket every time, walking right past the one thing you want most in search of something you’ll never find.
The problem?
The problem is many of us believe that God has a blueprint for our lives. A blueprint is a specific set of instructions that spell out everything in detail. It’s so specific that anyone who can read and follow a set of plans can build exactly what the architect had in mind.
We tend to believe that God’s will for us is the same as a blueprint. God has every detail of our lives spelled out specifically—our job, our house, our car, our spouse, our family, and everything else we do.
And if we believe that God has a blueprint for our lives, then we end up spending a lot of time looking for that special person, place, job, or thing that God has set aside just for us in His detailed blueprint. And when we don’t find it, we get frustrated and, if we’re honest, a little miffed at God.
As a senior in high school, I was pretty frustrated with God when I spent hours and hours and hours praying about which college He wanted me to go to, and I never found the page of the blueprint that had that detail on it…

God doesn’t have a blueprint for my life.

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This idea of a detailed blueprint for our lives is a myth. It confuses God’s omniscience with His divine will.
God knows everything, even the number of hairs on my head. But that doesn’t mean He has a detailed blueprint for my hair, so that I need to read the blueprint and figure whether or not it’s in His plan for me to get a haircut this week.
Granted, there are some examples in the Bible where God had a very specific and detailed plan for someone.
Hosea and Gomer.
Granted, there are some examples in the Bible where God had a very specific and detailed plan for someone. He told Hosea to marry Gomer. He told Moses and the nation of Israel exactly where to camp and when to move during their wanderings in the wilderness. He changed the Apostle Paul’s missionary plans and wouldn’t allow him to go into Asia or Bithynia. But these explicit instructions are the exceptions, not the norm—even in the lives of our biblical heroes.
Moses and the nation of Israel in the wilderness.
Paul’s missionary plans; wouldn’t allow him to go into Asia or Bithynia.
But these explicit instructions are the exceptions, not the norm—even in the lives of our biblical heroes.
“God does not have an ideal, detailed life-plan uniquely designed for each believer that must be discovered in order to make correct decisions. The concept of an individual will of God in that sense cannot be established by reason, experience, biblical example or biblical teaching.” ~ Garry Friesen, Decision Making and the Will of God, p. 145

We wouldn’t want a blueprint anyway.

A blueprint...
Paralyzes us with fear.
Imagine the chaos that would ensue if just one person got just one detail from God’s blueprint wrong. What if someone else buys the house God had picked out for you? Or what if someone cheats on an entrance exam and takes the last open spot that you were supposed to get?
What if John Doe accidentally doesn’t marry Jane, and marries the wrong woman instead? He’s just ruined everything for the entire world…
Destroys our freedom to choose.
It stunts maturity and growth. When your kids are young, you give them very detailed instructions about everything… but as they grow older, you want them to begin making wise decisions that honor God and honor you on their own.
When your kids are young, you give them very detailed instructions about everything… but as they grow older, you want them to begin making wise decisions that honor God and honor you on their own.
I knew a middle-aged farmer in his 40’s who’d farmed with his dad his whole life. When his dad had a heart attack and was on the verge of death, this guy was panicked because he’d never gotten to drive the planter or combine—his dad had always done that for him.
It skews our focus. It puts our focus on finding what God’s plan is rather than becoming who God wants us to be.
Stunts our maturity and growth.
It’s just not biblical.
Finding a mate vs. becoming a person others would want to marry...
“God does not have an ideal, detailed life-plan uniquely designed for each believer that must be discovered in order to make correct decisions. The concept of an individual will of God in that sense cannot be established by reason, experience, biblical example or biblical teaching.” ~ Garry Friesen, Decision Making and the Will of God, p. 145

God does have a game plan.

What’s the difference between a blueprint and game plan? A game plan doesn’t spell out everything in detail, it sets forth general guidelines and principles, with lots of freedom and flexibility for adjustments as the game unfolds.
We watched the Badgers game yesterday and saw this played out in real life…
This idea of a game plan is exactly what God has for you and for me.
Romans 12:2 NIV
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Understanding God’s game plan ()

Listen to the Coach. Obey what you already know (vv. 5-10).
The pathway of obedience always leads to further light. The more you obey what you already know is God’s will, the more of His game plan He reveals. But if you're not willing listen to what He’s already said, don’t expect Him to show you any more.
Proverbs 1:28–33 NIV
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Colossians 3:5–11 NIV
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Colossians 3:5–10 NIV
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Obedience always leads to further revelation. The more you obey what you already know is God’s will, the more of His game plan He reveals. But if you're not willing listen to what He’s already said, don’t expect Him to show you more. If you’re already ignoring His instructions about how to live, then why would He bother to show you what to do next?
Colossians 3:5–10 NIV
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
The pathway of obedience always leads to further light. The more you obey what you already know is God’s will, the more of His game plan He reveals. But if you're not willing listen to what He’s already said, don’t expect Him to show you any more.
Col 3:5-
People often ask God whether it’s His will for them to marry someone they’re dating—all the while blatantly ignoring His will for their sexuality. They ask with such sincerity. It’s as if it has never dawned on them that God might not bother to show them whom to marry when they’re already ignoring His instructions about how to date.
People often ask God whether it’s His will for them to marry someone they’re dating—all the while blatantly ignoring His will for their sexuality. They ask with such sincerity. It’s as if it has never dawned on them that God might not bother to show them whom to marry when they’re already ignoring His instructions about how to date. Their mistake is assuming that choosing the right mate will trump living the wrong life. As a result they treat God like a part-time blueprint consultant—someone to turn to for the really big decisions, but someone who’s not particularly relevant on the day-to-day stuff. But that’s a problem. God doesn’t do consulting. He does God.
Master the fundamentals. Be who you are in Christ (vv. 11-14).
Every sport has a set of fundamentals that any successful athlete must master. It’s no different with the Christian life. If we want to be successful in carrying out God’s game plan, we need to master the fundamentals of who He’s called us to be.
Colossians 3:11–14 NIV
11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Col. 3:12
Colossians 3:12–14 NIV
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
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“Our job is not so much to find something; it’s to become someone—a reflection of His image and character no matter where we find ourselves.” ~ Larry Osborne, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, pg. 68
Practice with the team. Engage the church (v. 15).
It’s hard for an athlete to follow a game plan if he or she misses all the team meetings.
Col 3:16
Colossians 3:15 NIV
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Col. 3:15-16
Colossians 3:15–16 NIV
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NIV
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
It’s hard for an athlete to follow a game plan if he or she misses all the team meetings. The church is here to give you encouragement, wise counsel, direction, support, and Christ-centered-friendship as you figure life out.
It’s hard for an athlete to follow a game plan if he or she misses all the team meetings.
Spend time with the playbook. Think biblically (v. 16).
You can’t run the plays if you don’t know them. You can’t do what Jesus would do if you don’t know what He actually did.
Colossians 3:16 NIV
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Col. 3:16
Colossians 3:16–17 NIV
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:16 NIV
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
You can’t run the plays if you don’t know them. You can’t do what Jesus would do if you don’t know what He actually did.
Play the game for the glory of Christ and the common good. Live your life to honor God and serve others (v. 17).
Practice with the team. Engage the church.
Play the game for the glory of Christ and the common good. Make wise decisions that honor God and serve others.
D your heart
Colossians 3:17 NIV
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Hebrews 10:24–25 NIV
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Don’t be afraid to make a decision or pursue an opportunity. If you are walking closely with the Lord, if you’ve given Him your heart and made Him the center of your life, then He will direct your path.

Conclusion

Conclusion

It’s hard for an athlete to follow a game plan if he or she misses all the team meetings.
Master the fundamentals. Be who you are in Christ.
When you face a decision and you want to know God’s will, talk with God about it when you spend time with Him. Ask for wisdom and guidance, and listen for direction. Seek wise counsel in the church, let the Word of God speak to you, and put on an attitude of obedience.
Romans 11:33–36 NIV
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
When you face a major decision, or even a small one that you want wisdom on, talk to God about it when you spend time with Him. Ask for wisdom and guidance, and listen for direction. Seek wise counsel in the church, let the Word of God speak to you, and put on an attitude of obedience.
Romans 11:33–12:2 NIV
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1–2 NIV
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
If God speaks directly to that decision, whether through His Spirit or through His Word, obey what He says. If He doesn’t give a specific direction, then make a decision with a desire to honor God and serve the needs of others.
If He doesn’t give a specific direction, and neither does Scripture, then
If your heart is beating for the glory of Christ and the common good, you really can’t go wrong. If in the innermost depths of your heart you desire to honor God and help others, you’ll be playing the game of life according to God’s game plan for your life. And whatever you do, wherever you are, whoever you’re with, you’ll be who God has called you to be, and you’ll do what God has called you to do.
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