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Verse: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Eph 2:10 (NIrV)
Big Idea: God has big plans for your life.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor? A teacher? A mom or dad? Maybe a scientist or writer or a famous basketball player? Or how about an actor or a superhero or President of the United States?
You may have big plans for your future, but guess what? God has even bigger plans for your life than you do. He wants you to be a part of his mission to save the world. That’s more awesome than any job you could ever have.
Just ask a guy named Joseph. Joseph was one of twelve brothers. Can you imagine that? A house with twelve brothers? That would be one wild house. But in Joseph’s case, it was also a dangerous house.
That’s because Joseph’s brothers hated him. They were jealous that their dad liked Joseph the best and gave Joseph cool presents like a fancy coat. The more Joseph’s dad played favorites, the worse it got.
Even though things weren’t great at home, though, God loved Joseph and had a big plan for his life. God told Joseph all about it through some crazy dreams. In the dreams he ruled over his brothers and even his mom and dad.
You can imagine when he told his family about the dreams, his brothers got really mad. Awhile later, they did some terrible things to Joseph. They beat him up, threw him in a pit and sold him as a slave to live in a foreign country. They even convinced their dad Joseph had been killed by a wild animal so he wouldn’t find out what they had done.
But did that stop God’s plans? No way. In fact, God wanted Joseph to go to a new country, because that was where God was going to give Joseph an important job. Nothing could stop God’s big plans for Joseph, and nothing can stop God’s big plans for you.
Think About It
Some days we may not feel like God can do big things through us. We may think we’re not smart enough, talented enough or good enough. We may think we don’t know enough about God. We may think we don’t come from the right family or have enough money. We may believe we have too many problems for God to ever use us.
However, the story of Joseph reminds us that God can use anyone, anywhere, at any time. God’s plans don’t depend on us. They depend on him. And God can do anything.
God has a big plan for your life, and all you have to do is stay close to him. He’ll handle the rest.
Pray About It
God, thank you for your good plan for my life. Please help me to stay close you and allow you to use me to change the world. Amen.
Talk About It
- What do you want to be when you grow up? What big things would you like to do?
- How could God use some of those things to help people know him?
- Is there anything that makes you doubt God can do big things through you?
For Grown Ups
Did you have big dreams for your life when you were a kid? How many of those dreams came true? No matter how you think your own plans worked out, remember that God has always had a bigger purpose for you. He wants to use your life to point the world to him.
You may not see how God is working through you each day, but if you make yourself available to him, you can trust that he will use you to play a big part in his unfolding story. When you get discouraged, look at the life of Joseph and remember, nothing can stop God’s dreams for you from coming true.
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