And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. Romans 8:28-30 (NLT)
Become Like Him
I have a purpose and a plan for your life. Do you know what my purpose and plan is? Yes, I do. Tell me about my purpose and plan for your life. You want to make me to be like your Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, I do. How will I make you to be like my Son? What will I use to mold and shape your life so that you become like my Son? You will use all of life to make me to be like your Son. You will use all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life to shape my life according to your purposes and plans. Yes, I will. How does that sound to you? It sounds like some of the molding and shaping of my life might be painful. I’m pretty sure that I will not like every moment of every day. No, you won’t. I don’t want you to be confused about something. What’s that? I will not bring all kinds of pain and suffering on you just so that I can use it to mold and shape your life. Don’t ever think of me as a source or author of pain, suffering and evil in your life. That’s not who I am. That is not what I do. This world is not how I designed it. This world has been broken by the power of sin. You will experience pain and suffering and disappointment and loss in this world just like everyone else who has ever lived in it. I will be with you through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. I will weep when you weep. I will share your joy. You are right though. What am I right about? I will use all of life to mold and shape your life. I will be able to take the worst of circumstances and bring good even out of them. You already know that to be true, don’t you? Yes, in the greatest of pain and in the midst of my suffering you have come to show me your love. You have drawn near to me as I have drawn near to you. When my heart has been broken you have been there to comfort me. The pain and suffering that I have gone through, I would never want to go through again. But, I would not want to trade away how much I have come to know you and your love in the darkest of those hours. You have been using all of life to make me to be like your Son. Yes, and I will bring my work in you to full completion.
Heavenly Father, thank you for calling me to come to you. I know you have a plan for my life. You want to make me to be like your Son. I welcome you to use all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life to shape me into the person you want me to be. Amen
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