Discovering Your Battle Plan
(This post was written by Michael Wallace, High School Pastor)
Last week fpStudents wrapped up our “Make War” series that focused on identifying God’s battle plan for our lives. Just as no general goes to war without a plan, our God set our lives in motion with a specific purpose in mind. The big question we ended this series with is this: how do I discover God’s plan for my life? Taking a look at Esther’s life we can see three simple ways that God directs our paths.
1. Personality. Esther’s personality was in sharp contrast to that of Queen Vashti. Instead of rudely barging in on the King, Esther chose to approach him with respect and honor. Her God-given personality allowed her to fulfill God’s plan for her life. What about you? What things make you unique? You may be scared of using these gifts and talents, but God has designed you with an arsenal to make noise in this world to draw attention to Him!
2. Passion. Esther was passionate about the Jewish people. Kind of a no-brainer since she was one….but nonetheless she was moved to play a role in saving them from extinction. God gives each of us passions when we chase after Him. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Not that God is like Santa…visit Him at the mall and you get what you want…but when you draw close to Him He will create in you a passion for the things that matter to Him.
3. Position. God placed Esther in a specific position as queen for a specific reason. That reason was partially to save the Jews, but primarily to make His name glorified! If you are reading this, it is unlikely that you are a queen. But the truth is that God has placed you in the midst of your family, your friends, your job, or your classroom for a reason. You are rubbing shoulders with people who need to know about Jesus. They need to see it in your life.
If you’d like to watch the messages from all three weeks, you can see them here: www.vimeo.com/groups/makewar