“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called, these He called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
Every person born has a purpose for living. This is a significant part of the message of Jesus Christ. It is painful to see people throw lives away that are destined for something great. One of the most fulfilling things in life is to see a person fulfill the purpose for which they were born.
Many people are confused about their destiny. They can’t see a purpose in their existence. Where this confusion exists, an individual will roll around in life like a pinball in a pinball machine – thrown around by the circumstances of life with no apparent reason to the “game”. The Bible talks to us about such a life in Proverbs 29:18:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
There are literally two consequences of a life without purpose:
1. People become self absorbed and self destructive. Life without a greater purpose produces short sighted living, with a vision for life that sees no further than the self. Great pain is associated with such a life. To reduce the pain, methods are employed that are usually destructive to the self. So, instead of saving our lives, we destroy them.
2. People cast off restraint. Again, where you find no purpose, people become self absorbed. This causes a type of “survival” instinct to take over in people. They are not only destructive to themselves but to others as they fight over things they believe will bring meaning to their lives.
Some seek a form of altruism to bring meaning to their lives. They fight for a “cause” in hope this will put an end to the pain of a “purposeless” life. People who use charity to benefit self are in the end-still selfish. They can be very dangerous people. Selfishness still responds as selfishness. It doesn’t matter if the cause is altruistic or hedonistic.
The scripture mentioned earlier in the book of Romans answers the question of destiny for every person on Earth. It gives a foundation from which specific pathways can be drawn. If the foundation is shrouded in confusion, the pathway will be tainted by selfishness. What is the foundation?
Verse 29 states, “For whom He (Jesus) foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
In this scripture lies the answer to the confusion and pain of a life without destiny. Here’s the facts:
1. All who live, regardless of how they got here, are foreknown by the Author of Life. You may have been a result of rape or incest, or you may have been told you weren’t wanted. But – God was the actual Life force that brought you into this world. He did it with a purpose in mind. So, you have meaning to Him.
2. Your destiny is not found in a plan but in a transformation. Your destiny is to be conformed to the image of Jesus. You are not being “used” for selfish purposes. You are being loved into a life without limits. As you follow the Spirit of God, your life ascends to a level of achievement that is supernatural and your life transcends the mundane, day by day selfish living of the world. In this type of life, anything is possible.
3. Simply embracing your destiny to be conformed to Jesus will dramatically affect the world around you. Your transformation will create an atmosphere in which others can find their destiny. You will live life for a greater purpose than just yourself. And, that life will affect countless others.
This type of life is His purpose for you. Verse 28 gives an awesome promise:
“And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His PURPOSE.”
This doesn’t say that everything that happens will be good – it says that everything that happens will work together for good for you. So, you live life with a joy that is unknown to those who don’t know this secret because you know, that no matter what happens, it is working for your good!
Now to verse 30 and then we are done.
“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Notice what is being said:
1. There will come a “calling” in your life – a day in which you will hear the voice of God saying to you, “Come follow Me.” While you may notice that the scripture says He (Jesus) does everything – responding to the call is your responsibility. If you ignore the call, you miss your destiny.
2. Those who respond to His call will be justified. You could say that when you respond to the call of God to your destiny, you are positioned by Him. People have to be in a position to receive. When you answer the call, He will get you in just the right place so that you will not miss what He has for you.
3. Those who He positions, He also equips. Once you are positioned correctly, God will then equip you to accomplish your destiny. This has nothing to do with your address, your background, your IQ, your limitations. This promise applies to everyone, and yes, that includes you! Those who respond are equipped with things that the world has no natural access to. You will not be disappointed. If you begin this journey, God will see that you complete it!
A life without limits.
How does that sound to you? Your destiny awaits. All you must do is answer the call!