Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 1-3
Let’s think about creation today.
People are created to be creative. Adam must have had lots to do. He must have been super busy. After all, the Lord saw that Adam needed help. So He made a “helper” for him.
And after Eve was created they didn’t just stand behind two bushes (like in Sunday School lessons). God made them for a purpose, and with a purpose.
The Westminster Catechism asks: “What is the chief end of man?” And the answer is: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.”
Our problem is that oftentimes we are too busy doing things that don’t really count. Some people are busy gardeners. But in the Garden of Eden, Adam did more than tend to the roses, he walked with God. And that did count.
Now let’s turn our attention to the New Creation:
“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” – Romans 8:28-29.
So there we have it. God’s plan for us – you and me – is to be like Jesus.
So first of all, God has a purpose for us.
That we should become “conformed to the image of His dear Son.”’ Jesus is referred to as the firstborn amongst many brethren. The priority is to be Christ like.
That’s the problem with worldliness. Being conformed to the spirit of the age robs us of the possibility of being conformed to God’s plan.
This verse says.
“All these things” – the things we go through – the circumstances, the hardships, the joys – God uses all these things to bring about the image of His Son in our lives.
However, God has a Process.
Whom He predestined, these He also called. c/f 9:16. This predestination is according to God’s foreknowledge.
This is not destiny or fate – “Whatever will be – will be!” That is not a biblical concept at all. We do have a free will. We can choose. But God knows our choices ahead of time, and plans ‘accordingly.
Whom He called, these He also justified. That means that He declared them just.
All our sin – every wrong word, every evil thought, and every selfish act – was laid upon Jesus Christ.
Whom He justified, these He also glorified.
God will not give up on us! He will persevere.
This means three things:-
No enemy can defeat us (Romans 8:31-32). No one can condemn us (Romans 8:33-34). No one can separate us from God (Romans 8:35-39).
God has a purpose for us – but it will involve a process in us – and God will persevere with the process until His purpose is complete.
“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” —Psalms 138:8.