For those He foreknew
He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He
would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He
also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He
justified, He also glorified.—Romans 8:29–30
Your life is a part of God's grand
design. God has known about you and had a plan for your life since
before time began. He knew everything about you before you were even
born (Jer. 1:5). God predetermined that you would become like His Son.
Your life, therefore, has a destiny. Christ is the model upon which the
Father is developing your life. You are meant to have a relationship
with the Father that is as intimate as the relationship between Jesus
and the Father (John 17:21). Every event He allows into your life is
designed to make you more like Christ.
God's call came when He invited you to join Him in the process! His call
was extremely personal, designed specifically for your response. How
wonderful to realize that at a particular moment in history, almighty
God spoke personally to you and invited you to become His child!
Because of your sin, you could never live blamelessly. But God forgave
your sin and justified you, declaring you righteous. All the spiritual
debt you carried with Him was forgiven, and you were freed to enjoy God
and to serve Him for the rest of eternity. In Biblical times, the glory
of God's people was His presence. You, too, are glorified because the
fullness of God now dwells within you, and you will one day be with Him
(Col. 1:27; 2:9). He invites you to join Him in working out His will in
your life—conforming you to His image (Phil. 2:12).
—Experiencing God Day by Day