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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: THE PLAN
By Valerie Routhieaux
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The dictionary defines purposefulness as a noun: the quality of having a definite purpose.
God has a purpose for our lives. He wrote every day in a book. He knew the journey we would need to take. He knew exactly how long the journey would take, and what road must be followed for us to get to our destination. And He knew the cost.
Let’s drop in on the plan. The place is eternity past. The Godhead has convened.
Father God: I want to create a place where people will live in harmony and we can have fellowship with them.
Jesus: If we do that, something will go wrong, and we will have to come to the rescue.
Father God: It’s a risk I’m willing to take.
Holy Spirit: We will need a plan in place to guide the people back.
Jesus: What do you have in mind?
Father God: I thought I would make this huge universe. Fill it with planets, and in the middle of the planets make this fertile place where seeds grow, and life is created.
Jesus: I can see just what you want. We’ll need people to run it.
Holy Spirit: And that’s where the problem lies. People will want to run things their way, not ours. They will destroy the beautiful planet we create, until we can’t recognize it anymore.
Father God: That’s why I’m writing everything down that will to take place in my new world.
Jesus: How long will mankind rule over this planet and universe we are going to create?
Father God: Until I’m ready to call my people home.
Holy Spirit: Then you are ready for trouble?
Father God: I’m ready for it are you, Jesus?
Jesus: What will I have to do?
Father God: You will have to redeem them back to us. This is what is going to happen. We’re going to call the universe into order. Place the sun, moon, stars, and earth in their course. Then we are going to make people out of the dust of the ground. We’ll have to breathe into them, to give them life.
Holy Spirit: We’ll have angels.
Father God: I agree. We’ll need angels who will minister not only to us, but also to the people we create. They will stand guard over them to make sure no harm comes to them.
Jesus: You’re expecting trouble, or you wouldn’t have told me that I would have to redeem the people back.
Father God: Unfortunately one of the angels is going to want to be like us, and will take a large number of angels with him and go to the earth that we are going to create with the word of our mouth and deceive the people into believing that there is more for them, than what we have to offer.
Jesus: So the plan is for me to shed my blood so that man can be redeemed, and we can have fellowship with them.
Father God: And when the time is right, we will bring them all to heaven to live with us.
Jesus: I can do it.
Father God: You’ll go as a baby, so you know how to be like them. You’ll be hungry, cold, and tempted by the angel that will deceive the people. You will encounter every obstacle that they do, so that you can minister to them. You will teach them what we want them to know, and when the time is fully come, you will die on the cross for their sin. But you won’t stay in the grave, because nothing can hold you. On the third day you will rise again, and then come back here to heaven.
Jesus: Are you almost done with the plan?
Father God: I am. Here it is.
Jesus read the plan: It’s all here. Everything that will happen from the time we create the people until the end of time when you bring order back to the universe. It’s a good plan.
Holy Spirit: It looks like my job in this plan is to bring back the people who have strayed and lead them to you for redemption, then guide and teach them for the rest of their lives until they are called home by the Father.
Father God: That’s right. Are we ready to do this?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…
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