I know you feel like a failure. I know you look in the mirror and see the ugly step-sister instead of Cinderella. I know it seems like you keep tripping up, always just out of reach from hope.
Believe me, I know.
But it’s not true. All the things you tell yourself, the voices in your mind whispering those nasty words – they’re all lies. Every. Last. Word.
How do I know this? Because of Romans 8:28-30.
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 image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
See, these verses are so, so amazing. There’s so much joy and hope to be found in these truths. So let me explain the truth about you.
First of all, we see that through all things, God works for the good of those who have been called according to His purpose. Through every good time, every bad time, every mountaintop and valley, every trial, He is working good out of the situation. There is hope for every dark night, every pain, every hardship… because we have been called, according to His purpose.
This is the second part of the beauty of that first verse: “who have been called according to His purpose.” This shows that it’s not an afterthought, or that He had sudden pity on a nobody and decided to show random compassion. He works good for us because we have been called. He has CALLED us. Is this not amazing?!
We also see that we have a purpose. We aren’t wandering about aimlessly, searching for a future and destiny. We have a PURPOSE. A God-given purpose. And the things that God works out of every situation are for our good, according to His purpose.
Moving on, we see that God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. This one gets to me big time. We are predestined (which is defined as: “to destine, decree, determine, appoint, or settle beforehand”) to be conformed (which is defined as: “to be similar to or the same as something”) to the image of His Son. Does this not just BLOW YOUR MIND?! We have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ! *insert squealing*
But wait – there’s more. Those who He predestined, He also called. Those He called… He also justified.
“Justified” is defined as follows: “to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable.” This means that God has made us just, right, and reasonable to be presented before Him. (Your mind is officially blown now.)
Those He justified, He also glorified.
Don’t believe me? I refer back to Scripture. Yes, you read that right. Glorified. THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.
Tell that to that ugly step-sister when you see her. Tell that to the failure.
The ugly person in your mirror is glorified and predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. The failure is justified and called.
Apart from Jesus, we are nothing. But through the blood of Christ, we are predestined, called, justified, and glorified. Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!