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)
You have been called to live your life according to my purposes. I will guide you to fulfill my plans. My hand is on you. I will guide you. I will direct. I will use you. What will I look like? Where will you guide me? What will you have me do? Those are good questions. Let’s start with your first question. You will look like my Son. It is your destiny to look and think and act like Him. Day by day, I will conform you to His image. I will mold and shape your life. I will give you new thoughts to think. I will give you new words to speak. I will give you new deeds to do. You will leave behind your old dark and sinful life that you once lived. You will live the new life that I have called you to live.
You are wondering where I will guide you? Yes, I am. You would like a road map to follow. You would like your course laid out neatly and completely before you. Yes, I would. That would not be good. Why is that? If I laid out a detailed and complete road map for your life you would react in two undesirable ways. How would I react? You would see the course of your life and turn away. You would run away. You would retreat. You would rebel. You would think that I have asked too much of you. You would say that I was asking the impossible. You would be partly right. I will ask too much of you. I will ask you to do the impossible. Why is that? I will do in and through what can only be done with my help. I will call you to come to rely on me. If I asked you to do only what you could easily do, would you come to rely on me? I suppose not. That brings us to the second reason why you will never receive a detailed road map from me. I’m listening. If I gave you a detailed road map for your life there would also be times when you would think that you could handle what is ahead without my help. Again, you would you begin to rely on yourself. That is not what I want. That is not my plan. You will only live your life according to my call and purpose if you come to rely on me. Will you rely on me? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will rely on you every step of my life. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will allow you to mold and shape my life down to the finest detail. Make me to look and think and act like your Son. Yes, I will.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that you have called me to come to you. You have destined me to look and think and act like your Son. Mold and shape my life. Guide and direct my path. Lead to where you want me to be. Give me what you want me to do. Amen
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