And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30 (NIV)
I know the purpose of my life. The purpose of my life is no mystery to me. Really, you are that clear on your purpose in life? You have not one bit of doubt about your purpose in life? You have unwavering confidence about the purpose of your life? That’s right. I have no doubts about my purpose in life. I have unwavering confidence that I know my purpose in life. Well then, tell me what is your purpose in life. Before I do that, I must say a couple things. I’m listening. I only know my purpose in life because you have shown it to me. I am only confident about my purpose in life because you have given it to me. In fact, it would have been more accurate and proper to say that I know your purpose for my life. I can only say that I know my purpose in life because I have made your purpose my purpose. My passionate desire has taken hold of your purpose of my life. This desire clearly could have only come from you. Are you done qualifying your statements? Yes, I am. My purpose in life is to become like your son, Jesus Christ. Yes, it is. It pleases me that you know and have made this purpose your very own. Becoming like your son is defining and directing my purpose and the entire course of my life. That is very good.
There is more. There is something else that I am supremely confident about. What’s that? I am confident about you. That’s good. You will use all of life to mold and shape my life so I will keep on being conformed into the likeness of your son. You will take the good and bad things that happen in my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans for my life. I know that you are not the author of trials and suffering and difficulty. I know that you weep with me as I go through pain in life. In every trial, suffering and difficultly, you will draw near me as I draw near to you. You will hear my prayers as I cry out to you. Yes, I will. I will have no doubts that you will keep on taking all of life to use it to mold and shape me into the likeness of your Son. I welcome all your good work in me. That is very good.
Heavenly Father, thank you for calling me to come to you. Through your son, Jesus Christ, you made it so I could be righteous in your sight. Use everything I go through in life for your purposes. Mold and shape my life so I will be conformed to Christ’s likeness. Amen
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