And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30 (ESV)
I am thankful for your plan. What is my plan? Well, it was and still is your plan that I come to know and love and follow and serve you. How do you know that to be true? Well, you are allowing me to come to know and love and follow and serve you. You made a way for me to come to know and love and follow and serve you. What way did I make for you? You sent your Son into the world to die and pay for my sins. You helped me to receive your Son as my Savior and Lord. You helped me to turn away from my old and sinful life in the world. You have given me a brand-new life in you. There is now no barrier of sin separating me from you. You have justified me in your sight. This has all happened. Yes, it did. You have done all this for me. This was and still is your plan that has and is still unfolding for me. There is something else I could say. What is that? I could also say that I did not know about your plan. I did not seek out your plan. At one time, I am sad to admit, I would have said that I didn’t want or need your plan. I would have told you that I had my own plan, and it did not include you. What foolish, unwise, and tragic thoughts those would have been if I had lived them out my entire life. Yes, but you have not lived out those foolish, and unwise and tragic thoughts. Instead, it is your desire to know and love and follow and serve me with all your heart. You want to live in an intimate relationship with Me. You want to know and do my will. You want my purposes and plan to be fulfilled in your life. That is true. This is the desire of my heart. That is very good.
Tell me more about my plan for you. What else do you know about my plan for you? It is your plan that I conform to the image of your Son. You want me to think and speak and act like Him. You want me to live as He lived. You want me to do what He did. You want others to see His life being lived out in me. You want others to be drawn to you through what they see of Him in my life. Yes, this is my plan for you. How will I accomplish this plan in your life? You will take all the circumstances of life, the good and the bad, and use them together to accomplish your plan in my life. And I welcome your plan into my life. Nothing could be better than being conformed to the image of your Son. Do your work in me. Accomplish your plan in my life. Yes, I will.
Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. I have turned from my old life of sin and received your Son, Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. Now, I am forgiven and justified in your sight. Use all things together for good. Conform me to the image of your Son. Amen
Key Question… How has God worked all things together for good as you have loved, followed, and served Him?
Living It Out… Live according to the purposes of God so you can be conformed to the image of His Son.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will work all things together for good as you love, follow, and serve Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has been working things together for good in your life.
Prayer To Bless Others… May your love for God cause you to live your life according to His purposes.
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