Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Before creation, God knew who would accept His Son. I’m not saying this takes away from our free will. But God knew. And for those of us who would accept Christ, there was one thing that we were predestined to do through our lives: be conformed to the image of His Son. This is our highest call! It’s simple. But not easy. There are some simple truths from this chapter that can help us to do this:
- We need to be led by His Spirit – Paul says that the Spirit bears witness with our spirit (vs 16). He says that children of God are to be led by the Spirit (vs 15). This is the model Christ left us. He was led by the Holy Spirit. Are we led by His Spirit today? Do we quench or grieve the Spirit? Are we sensitive to His still small voice? Let’s develop and cultivate a sensitivity and following of the Holy Spirit.
- We need to mortify the deeds of the body (vs 13) – The natural deeds of my body are bad! Dad preached a sermon once entitled “kill it”. When an inordinate affection arises, kill it! When temptation arises, kill it! Let’s kill, or mortify, the deeds of the body. This, too, is the example of Christ.
- We must place our hope in him (18-25) – One day, this flesh will be put off. This battle is not forever. We see in this chapter that we are more than conquerors through Christ. Further, one day we will receive the redemption of our bodies, and be given glorified bodies. He also says that all things work together for good – we can hope in this. We know that “hope maketh not ashamed”. Let’s put our hope in Christ, looking for the “joy that is set before us”, as Christ did.
- Let’s evaluate ourselves, and see if we are becoming of His image – Do we love as He loved? Are we holy as He’s holy? Do we sacrifice as He sacrificed? Does an honest evaluation of our lives show a portrait that’s becoming of Christ?
- We must seek His help! – I can’t do it on my own. But praise the Lord He is on the right hand of God making intercession for us (vs 34). Therefore, we can come boldly to the throne of grace, and ask Him to help us fulfill His purpose for our lives – to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Today, let’s seek to be conformed to the image of His Son!