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What’s God’s Plan for My Life?

God has a Plan A for your life. And there is no Plan B.

What is it?

God's Plan A for Your Life

I was reminded of what this plan was the other day from the book of Thessalonians. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, we find a startling verse from Paul: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification . . .”

What’s God’s Plan A for your life? Your sanctification.

The word “sanctification” has been under much debate recently in the church. This debate is less about the actual definition, and more about the ramifications behind how it is actually lived out in the Christian life. I think a helpful definition, however, can be found in Wayne Grudem’s book, Doctrine. According to Grudem, sanctification is “A progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.”

What’s God’s Plan A for your life? Your sanctification.

I’m not here to discuss God’s secret will for your life. That’s because I don’t know what it is. As I’ve written before, the will of God for your life in terms of every exact detail has been decreed by God, but that’s none of our business. But what we can discuss is God’s will of freeing us from sin, and making us more like Jesus. We can discuss our sanctification.

If you’re a Type A person like me, you can become overly concerned about your personal accomplishments. But the truth is, who we’re becoming is more important than what we’re accomplishing.

God is in the business of making his children like his Son. We don’t know all the details of tomorrow, but we do know along the way that sanctification will happen to God’s chosen ones, that he will indeed make us more like Jesus. It is, after all, God’s Plan A for our life.

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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and son. Learn more.

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  1. A very thoughtful post.

    Thank oyu and continued Blessings,


    1. My pleasure. Thanks for reading.

  2. inspirational! God does not just want us to be sanctified and brought into redemption, he require of us to stay in that truth daily as we walk this path of life…

    1. Definitely. The Holy Spirit is the one who makes us like Jesus, but obedience is crucial.

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  4. Thank you my brother David. Sanctification – absolutely! Before anything, we’re called to be holy. That means being set apart for God’s glory. Which mean’s watching the company we keep because if we flirt with the world – sooner or later we will “get into bed” with the world!! Be blessed – Reuben.

    1. Yes sir. Sanctification is indeed the game plan.

  5. I like your new theme arrangement here. 🙂 Yes, sanctification will happen to us all. Every detail of our daily living is part of it. We are his workmanship. It is of him that we are in Christ Jesus. He is also the one who completes the work, conforming us to the image of the firstborn. No flesh boasts in his sight. He is the one who operates in us both the willing and the working.

    Sanctification is part of THE plan, for him to be all in all (1 Cor. 15:28). You have probably read in Revelation that Christ and his holy ones will be reigning “forever and ever”. Actually they will be reigning into the ages of the ages, the final two ages of the plan of the ages (Eph. 3:11). Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:25 that Christ will be reigning UNTIL all his enemies are under his feet. The last enemy to be put under his feet will be death. At that time, the second death will no longer operate, and it will be, not as commonly twisted to say, but exactly as said in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “Even as all are dying in Adam, thus also all shall be made alive in Christ.” It’s the same all, as in Romans 5:19, “For even as through the disobedience of the one man, the many were constituted sinners, thus also, through the obedience of the one, the many shall be constituted righteous.” From verse 18 there you can see it involves all humans.

    Believers are chosen to receive age-lasting life, life during the remaining ages, something unbelievers won’t enjoy. However at the consummation of the ages, God will be all in them also. 1 Timothy 2:4 “God wills for all humans to be saved and be coming into realization of truth.” God does whatever he pleases, in heaven and on earth. Do you seriously think a human is able to stop him from saving them. I don’t. Do you think a human is able to stop him from sanctifying them. I don’t. Rather, here is what is happening, “God locks all into stubbornness, that he may give mercy to all.” Romans 11:32

    Christianity has become today’s Judaism. It’s a good humbling process to think you’re something and then find out some day you’re nothing and God is everything. “He who thinks he’s something, being nothing, imposes on himself.” (Galatians 6:3) You seem to believe God is in control of everything. That’s very good. He truly is “operating all, according to the counsel of his will.” (Eph. 1:11) He is love, and he disciplines every son of his. Even Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered. (Hebrews something) Sanctification. Yes, he’s making it happen. His word operates in us who believe. The holy spirit that flows out of God is what sanctifies us.

  6. I’m new to your blog. I appreciated this entry. It’s good to remember Santification is not a “one and done” process. It seems the modern church wants the path to Christ to be so easy as if it’s a product we buy off a shelf. If that were true, it would hold no value. Our consumeristic mentality is going to be and is the downfall of many Christians. The Christian Life is an ever evolving process filled with suffering and joy. Most American Christians have no idea what suffering for God truly is. Jesus, humble me to be obedient to your calling so I might be a light for you. Give me courage to hold to your truth in my small sufferings and love for my fellow man. Help me surrender my will for your will. Thanks be to God!

    1. Definitely. Sanctification happens daily, not in a day.

  7. So True, Sanctification is not easy to go through, but worth it. I always try and focus on Romans 8:28 when it gets tough. Thanks for sharing David!

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  8. Nicely said. I like Carman’s song No Plan B, which is about how God is our plan A, and we’re so confident that he’ll take care of us that we don’t need a plan B. So I suppose “Plan B” s are unnecessary in our walk with Christ? Cool. That takes a load off of my chest.

    1. Yep. Ephesians 1:11 — God has already predestined all things that come to pass from eternity past. His plan for our individual life is irreversible and irretrievable; there is no Plan B.

      1. But I hope no one confuses God’s plan A with a “bed of roses”. Hebrews 11 is clear that some who live by faith have joyful circumstances while others die in suffering. God makes no promises for the life we think we deserve in terms of material blessings. Yes, some are blessed by God, but again some of his children don’t receive material blessings with lives free of tragedy and hurtful circumstances. God isn’t Santa Claus.