What does God want for You?
How could you not appreciate the encouragement emanating from that little gem, eh?
God causes some things to work together for good? No!
How about a lot of things to work for good? NO!
“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” That’s us, right?!?
Yes, it’s all true (if God’s word is true at all), but perhaps we should define exactly what “good” God is busy causing all things to work together for. Fortunately (though at first glance, perhaps disappointingly), Paul clarifies that in the very next verse.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; – Romans 8:29 (NASB)
So what’s the answer? What “good” is God causing all things to work together for?
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become…”
- None of the above.
God’s el numero uno goal for you and me is this: for us to become conformed to the image of His Son.
That means He earnestly desires for you to surrender your future to Him.
Do you know why? Is it because He doesn’t care about your health or your feelings or your needs or (gulp) your image? Is it because He has no concern for your family background, your career goals or your relationship status?
Not exactly, but more than all those other concerns, our Heavenly Father wants to share a relationship with you that rivals the one He shares with His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. He always intended Jesus to “be the firstborn among many.” That’s us! As Henry Blackaby and Claude King put it in Experiencing God, “In Jesus you have a picture of a solitary life in a love relationship with God, consistently living out that relationship.”
Wouldn’t you die to get along with our Heavenly Father the way Jesus did? That’s why Jesus died.
And even better, He didn’t just die, but He lives, inside of us no less! As Blackaby & King continue, “The Christ who lived His life in complete obedience [to God’s will] is fully present in you to enable you to know and do His will.”
That’s why I’m cheering you on to surrender your future to God. Let go of your way and let God have His way, in every way, every day. (Cheer for me too, will you?)
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