Romans 8:29 - Gods One Great Goal; for You to Become Like Christ.

Romans 8:29 (NLT) For God knew his people in 
advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so 
that his Son would be the firstborn among many 
brothers and sisters.  

Romans 8:29 (MSG) God knew what he was doing 
from the very beginning. He decided from the 
outset to shape the lives of those who love him 
along the same lines as the life of his Son. The 
Son stands first in the line of humanity he 
restored. We see the original and intended shape of 
our lives there in him.  

Romans 8:29 (TLB) For from the very 
beginning God decided that those who came to him - and 
all along he knew who would - should become like 
his Son, so that his Son would be the First, 
with many brothers. 


God's One Great Goal
   What is God's great goal in the universe 
to which His energies are devoted? We have it 
in our text for today. The Living Bible puts 
this best, and I have no hesitation in saying 
that although it is not regarded as a true 
translation (it is, rather, a paraphrase), its rendering 
of Romans 8:29 is one of the most exciting 
things I have ever read. This is what it says: "For 
from the very beginning God decided that those 
who came to him  should become like his Son." 
God's great energy and wisdom, working on behalf 
of all Christians, is directed to making us 
like His Son Jesus Christ. Of course this purpose 
will only be fully realized in the world to come, 
but while we are here, He is pursuing this same 
purpose nevertheless.  
   It is only when we comprehend this that 
we will be able to understand the purpose that 
lies behind all our trials and difficulties. 
Romans 8:28 - "We know that all things work 
together for the good of those who love God" - must 
be read in connection with Romans 8:29. Because 
God is committed to making us like His Son, His 
wisdom goes to work on every trial that comes our 
way in order to bring from it something that 
will enrich our character and make us more like 
Jesus Christ.  
   Infinite power is ruled by infinite 
wisdom. He could deliver us and make our lives 
comfortable, but in a fallen world this is not the best 
purpose. Understanding this is crucial if we are to 
live our lives the way God desires.  
   Father, forgive me that so often my goals 
are diametrically opposed to Yours. Help me 
bring my goals in line with Your goals. I shall 
need Your help to adjust. Whatever happens, keep 
me ever moving toward becoming more and more 
like Jesus. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible 
with Selwyn Hughes devotional] 


The Pathway of Spiritual Growth
   God predestined us to grow into His 
likeness, but this doesn't happen at the moment we are 
saved. While we are redeemed by the Savior's 
precious blood and immediately have a new heart, our 
transformation is a lifelong process. 
   The Holy Spirit enables this journey. 
Growth is impossible without Him, regardless of our 
efforts. Yet we can welcome or hinder His 
transforming hand. 
   One way we give God willing access to our 
lives is by obeying this mandate in Romans 12:2: 
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be 
transformed by the renewing of your mind..." 
   Everyone chooses either a biblical or 
worldly philosophy as his or her source of 
truth--and that choice shapes the mind and spirit. 
Therefore, the Lord tells us to immerse our mind in 
Scripture, allowing Him to mold us into His beautiful 
   The Bible story about the Israelites 
wandering in the wilderness illustrates this 
principle. After saving them from Pharaoh's abuse, God 
did not bring them immediately to the Promised 
Land. The Lord knew doing so would bring sinful 
ways with them. Instead, He led them to the 
wilderness and gave the Ten Commandments. Only after 
they learned to obey and turn to almighty God 
were they ready for the next step. 
   The process of sanctification isn't 
always pleasant. In fact, it's often painful for 
us, just as it was for the Israelites. In God's 
amazing wisdom and love, however, He knows what we 
need to leave our old ways that lead to death. 
And He builds new character in us - full of life 
and joy. [In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles 
Stanley at www.intouch.org] 

   Gods goal has always been to make you 
like himself. He wants you to become like his 
Son. In other words, he wants you to grow up 
   The Bible says, From the very 
beginning God decided that those who came to him - and 
all along he knew who would - should become like 
his Son (Romans 8:29 TLB). 
   As a pastor, the number one question 
Im asked is this: Why is this happening to 
me? Ill tell you why: Its to help you 
   In fact, everything in life can help you 
grow up spiritually - the good, the bad, the 
ugly, the things you bring on yourself, and the 
things that other people do to you. God is not the 
author of evil. But God can bring good out of bad 
   Every situation in life will either make 
you bitter or make you better. Its your 
choice how you choose to respond. Instead of 
asking, God, why is this happening to me? ask, 
God, what do you want me to learn from this? 
   Every problem God can use to help you 
grow up spiritually and be more like Jesus 
   So, if one of the purposes of your life 
is to grow up spiritually and to become like 
Jesus, what is Jesus like? Just look at the fruit 
of the Spirit. The Bible says, He will 
produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, 
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness 
and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 TLB). 
These are the qualities God wants to develop in 
   How does God produce those qualities and 
help you grow up spiritually? He teaches you 
these qualities by putting you in the exact 
opposite situations. 
   He teaches you love by putting you around 
unlovely people. He teaches you joy in the middle of 
grief. God teaches you peace when youre 
surrounded by chaos. He teaches you patience when it 
seems like the line youre standing in goes on 
   God will teach you these qualities 
throughout your life - and the process will take the 
rest of your life. But you can trust that, 
whatever you face today, he will use it to help you 
develop spiritual depth and become more like Christ. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 
https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] mod. 


Youre Called to Become Like Christ
   Most of us had big dreams when we were 
young. We wanted to become something great. Maybe 
it was a baseball player or a ballerina or the 
   For most of us, that dream looks a bit 
different today. In fact, you may even think youve 
missed out, that you didnt become what you hoped 
to become. 
   But heres something you need to know: 
You have been called to become something 
significant. Or more precisely, youve been called to 
become like someone significant. 
   The Bible says, God knew his people in 
advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so 
that his Son would be the firstborn among many 
brothers and sisters (Romans 8:29 NLT). 
   Youre called to become like Jesus. 
That doesnt mean youre going to become like 
a god. Well never be little mini-gods. 
Thats not going to happen. 
   But God does want you to become godly - 
to become like him. He wants you to take on the 
characteristics of Jesus, who is loving, joyful, peaceful, 
patient, kind, self-controlled, and gentle (you may 
recognize these as some of the fruit of the Spirit 
found in Galatians 5:22-23). 
   Will that kind of growth happen 
overnight? Absolutely not. Will it happen easily? 
   But youll get there.
   The Bible promises us this: I am 
certain that God, who began the good work within 
you, will continue his work until it is finally 
finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns 
(Philippians 1:6 NLT). 
   Next time you think about the fruit of 
the Spirit and get discouraged at how far you 
still have to go, remember this: God isnt 
finished with you yet! He is still working to make 
you more like Jesus. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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