Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach – Mark 3:14
On any endeavor or task we set ourselves to do, we usually consider more than one option. We always see what the possible outcomes could be and we try to minimize the risk by having a “backup” plan so to say, just in case our first plan does not work as we thought. This is very practical advice and I usually follow this practice of having many options. But there are times I have been in that there is only one way and no other. My focus is razor sharp and usually stress levels are high, because in the end there is only one plan and it has to work. I know that when I am in a crossroad, the way I see things is completely different because there is much at stake. You might have felt the same way. It gets even riskier and more stressful when we have to rely on other people to execute part of the plan, and we feel that they are not as clear in the importance of the task as we are. Sometimes it creates an atmosphere of tension because in our minds, failure is not an option.
When I looked for inspiration or guidance of the how to plan, I looked at the facts of the ministry of Jesus. Have you ever noticed that the ministry of Jesus with his 12 disciples spanned for 18 months? We all know that he was widely visible for three years, but his actual ministry was for this short period of a year and a half. Did you also knew that Jesus never traveled more that 25 miles away from his home? And another fact was that the only recorded ways of transportation he ever employed was the usual boat ride, or the donkey used to enter Jerusalem before he was crucified. No chariots or fancy horses, that was it. Have you ever considered that he did not have any technology as we have today to spread his message? He had no loudspeakers to be heard, yet he was able to speak to thousands of followers at a time. In my mind it is very difficult to grasp, yet it happened. And let us consider the most unusual of the facts about his ministry, his disciples. Many had followed him everywhere, as much as 70 were recorded in the scriptures, but he chose only 12. Twelve ordinary men, with openly known flaws were recruited to carry on his message. Among them we find a tax collector, a doctor and a fisherman. These were his choices? This was his brilliant idea to bring a message of change? Yes, this was Jesus plan, and there was no plan B.
There is much to learned about this, but one refreshing thought comes alive when we consider these facts; we are his plan A and there is no Plan B. When we read the story of who he chosed, we know that they represent who we are. We understand that the story is not about plans or strategies, although they were many, but about his love for us. He purposefully chose those that had all the shortcomings that you and I have to make us understand that with Him all things are possible. When we consider plans, we look at what resources we have so our plan can succeed and we rely on the strength that we have to make things happen. But when God looks at us he sees the possibilities of what we can achieve, not by ourselves but through and with him.
Don’t look at what you have or who you think you are, we are his one and only plan. You and I will succeed, because Jesus has chosen you and me as his plan A. Be encouraged that with him all things are possible, there is no plan B.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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© Copyright Danny Maldonado, 2012
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