Everyone is searching for their identity, their God-given purpose here on earth. “Lord, what is that you want me to do with my life? What is my calling?” God has gifted every Christian with a spiritual gift to be used here on this earth to fulfill the mission of the body of Christ. Ultimately however our time on earth has one over arching purpose—to bring glory to God the Father by conforming to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
At the end of it all, this is our sole purpose. Now certainly each of us will take a different path in order to reach the same end state. The exciting thing is how? How will God work in my life? Where will God work in my life? What trials and victories will I face? In Romans 8:26-30 God gives us a glimpse of how this process takes place.
The details belong to God (v. 26). If the purpose of our lives is to be more like Jesus Christ everyday, then this is definitely not something that I can do on my own—not even close. This is a work that God alone must do. I would not even know where to begin. That’s why verse 26 states, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” We are too weak to even know what to pray for! That’s quite amazing—we are commanded to pray without ceasing but the vast majority of our praying is performed in ignorance. Yet, God is so gracious that He takes care of the details for us. We don’t know the details—but God does. Paul gives similar direction in Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” Again, God tells us to do something that only He can do—be filled with the Holy Spirit. So how? Ephesians 5:19-21 tells me. By “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” So, by prayer, worship, singing godly songs, thankfulness, and submission to or serving others God will provide the details of our life as the Holy Spirit moves us in a way that we will never understand. When God’s in control of our lives things will happen that we don’t understand that bring us closer and closer to the image of Christ.The plan is always good (v. 28). I heard a saying the other day that went like this, “God doesn’t always give me what I ask for, but He always gives what I hoped for.” In other words, the details of my prayers might not match up with God’s desire, but that’s ok, because the process is always good and ends with exactly what I need. All events, people, actions, and places work together for good as we pursue God with our whole heart. God has an uncanny ability to manage our lives in a way that we cannot imagine and it is all good! For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” (Romans 8:18). Even the hard times exist to reveal the glory of Christ that God the Father desires to reveal in and through us. That’s amazing to me! No event in my life is isolated from another. God has no coincidences and nothing surprises Him. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. The result is always glorious (v. 30). Verse 30 reminds us that God has been working in my life long before my first breath. “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” That’s mind blowing! Hebrews 12:2 confirms this truth all the more, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” It’s not just our lives that are to reflect the glory of Jesus Christ but all eternity is for His glory. We are not just some evolutionary, amoeba, parasitic afterthought from yesterday’s high school textbook; rather we are the children of the living, loving God Who had a plan for us long before the creation of the universe. God chose to begin a good work in us and He will complete that good work with our cooperation which includes loving Him and obeying Him! The end result that God has for our lives will reflect God’s glory and lives conformed to the very image of Jesus Christ. This is God’s plan for our lives. Don’t miss it!