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. ~ Romans 8:28, 29
READING: Romans 8:18-39
In the economy of God, He makes all things work together for the good. Not all things are good. In fact, our world is filled with restless evil and heartbreaking circumstances. But God promises to make all things work together for the good. Our God is a redeeming God.
When good things happen, this does not prove that we did the right thing. It reveals that God is a powerful, redeeming God who works good things out of anything, good and bad. Of course the premier example of this is the cross. If God can transform an instrument of death and curse into a symbol of life and salvation, surely he can redeem us now.
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave now works within us. But God’s redemption is not purposeless. The end picture of our redemption is to transform us into the image of his son, Jesus.
God’s good and perfect will is not primarily for your church to grow or for you to enjoy personal success as a pastor. God’s redemptive purpose is to transform you and your church into the image of his son, Jesus. Jesus is the firstborn among many siblings, and he wants you and yours to join the family. To that end, in the seasons to come, there is a place for suffering and confusing times and conflicts and disappointments. But God’s economy is perfect, and you will not shed any tears in vain.
Father, I lay down my agendas and plans. In every circumstance make me more like you. Amen.
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