I was asked recently by a very good friend of mine what I thought about 5-year plans. My response to him was simple, “I don’t have one.” I was waiting for the confused look of “Are you crazy?” but instead I was met with a look of relief. It seems that my friend was charged at work to take the weekend and come up with a 5-year plan and he wasn’t sure how to tell his boss that he didn’t feel led to plan one.
The more I thought about why I do not have a 5-year plan, the more I look like I’m coo-coo for Cocoa-Puffs. As a church planter, I can’t tell you how many times I have been instructed to come up with a 5-year plan. I’ve been told that if I fail to plan, I’m planning to fail (not sure what Scripture verse that is…but I’m still looking). I just can’t do it. And this is why…
- It prideful. For me to develop a 5-year plan is for me to tell God, “Hey, this is what I want to do…bless it will ya?” That to me seem arrogant…at best. The idea of telling God what I’d like to do and then disguising it as if it came from Him just seems….I don’t know…wrong.
- It’s not biblical. Jesus tells us to now worry about tomorrow, because today has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34). We are also told to cease striving and know the He is God (Psalm 46:10). Don’t get me wrong here…I am not advocating laziness. I’m advocating walking by faith. We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we are to “walk by faith, not by sight.” But as sure as the sun shines I hear this, “Well, we are also told that without vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18). True! But what does the word “vision” mean in Hebrew. It means “revelation.” The revelation is from God’s Word. So…without God’s Word the people (believers mind you) will perish. This verse has nothing to do with a 5-year plan.
- It’s man’s thing…not God’s. So let me get this right, God’s Word says we are to walk by faith. God’s Word says we are to not worry about tomorrow. God’s Word says that we should seek to mature in His Word. But MAN says we are to have a 5-year plan. I think I’ll go with what God says…just sayin’.
I can’t think of anywhere in Scripture that God told a person he called to go out and make a 5-year plan. All kinds of folks will tell you Nehemiah…Ezra…Moses. But I’m pretty sure He didn’t promise any of them tomorrow. Each of them may have had a call to do something, much like I have been called to pastor a church. And they may have thought about seeing their work through until the end…as do I. I would love to die at an old age still preaching the Truth of the Kingdom. But in the back of our hearts we know…today could be the last day.
So what do we do? Focus on what God has called you to do today. Focus on deepening your relationship with Him today. Spend quality time with Him today. We are not promised tomorrow and even if it comes, we have enough to do today.