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2006, Romans 8:28, and Your Life

January 29th, 2006

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for
those who are called according to his purpose”

(Romans 8:28)

I read recently, “Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.” There can be no doubt about it, we are in motion, as we speak. The only question is—will your travels through this pilgrim place be meaningful? When the apostle Paul described the Christian life in Romans 8, he included a wonderful statement about “his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Notice some observations about this biblical text:

1. Christian conviction stems from absolute Christian knowledge— “And we know…” (8:28).

2. Personal meaning is possible only through His Divine purpose— “according to his purpose” (8:28).

3. Such a meaningful existence, as this, can even influence life’s lowest moments of human weakness and suffering (8:18,23,26; 31,37-39).

4. But, this insight of terrific purpose is qualified—“for those who love God…and are called” (8:28).

Chrysostom reminds us that the “all” of 8:28 means “all” in the context of serving God, not mere arbitrary history. Will you serve in 2006? Won’t you put meaning in motion today!

-Robert M. Housby

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