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; whom He called,
these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
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).