"For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son...And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30
The movie, Back to the Future 2, involved a time traveler in a situation in which his mother falls in love with him (she of course doesn't realize that he is her future son). He has to make sure that nothing comes of that relationship, or it will change his present. As the events unfold, it becomes very clear that changing just one relationship in a person's life could make a radical difference in the future of many people for several generations.
God doesn't travel in time to arrange the details of our heredity, our birth, and the days of our lives. Because He is eternal, all-knowing, and all-powerful, God has already planned every detail of who we are and what will happen to us. Romans 8:29-30 highlights four significant things that God does to make every one of His children looke like Jesus. First, He predestines, or chooses, us before creation. Next, He calls us and makes us want to be saved. Then, He justifies us by declaring us not guilty of any sin. He can do that because Jesus gave His life on the cross to pay the death penalty for our sins. The fourth and final thing that God will do for each of His children is to make us be like Jesus.
God uses everything that happens in our lives from the moment of salvation until our death to mold us. God uses all sorts of experiences, influences, teachings, and discipline as His tools. He helps us think, feel, and act more and more like Jesus all the time. We won't become perfect in this life, no matter how hard we try. But, the moment we die, God will instantly finish the job. I John 3:2 says, "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. but we know that when He (Christ) appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
God has given His Word to make us holy, pure, and godly from the inside out. You could say that is His primary purpose in our lives. God filters every second of our lives through His love and power in order to accomplish His goal of making us look like our Savior, Jesus. What a full, meaningful, and adventurous life we get to live as the chosen, called, and adopted children of God!
1. How does it make you feel to know that God wants to know you?
2. What do you need more of in order to grow with God?
3. What do you need to change in order to accomplish this?
Posted on Thu, June 2, 2011
by John Hill