The Divine Purpose

By Francis Frangipane

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28).

Even before I came to Christ, the phrase, "it all works for good," was a familiar coping mechanism used by believers and nonbelievers alike. Yet this spiritual truth really is not a promise for everyone. What I mean is that there are many things in life -- horrible things -- that are not working for good. For instance, millions die without accepting Christ who will not go to Heaven. Others languish in prolonged agony, suffering from unspeakable diseases, physical trauma or war. What of abortion, human trafficking and drug addiction? Do any of these work for good?

You see, Romans 8:28 is not a promise directed to everyone; it is, in fact, addressed to a unique category of Christians, as Paul explains: "those who love God" and who embrace a lifestyle "according to [God’s] purpose."

Therefore, let us search our hearts and honestly ask ourselves, "Am I loving God?" and "Am I reaching for His purpose?" (Rom 8:28). We must also know what, specifically, is that divine purpose, that singular goal that transcends all other earthly goals in life.

You see, there is one purpose that God so loves that He will rework every challenge we face in life until even our setbacks are transformed into setups that help conform our lives to Christ's.

The next verse in Romans explains:
"For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn of many brethren" (v. 29).

Beloved, do not skim past this verse: it contains the very core reason for our existence. Our Father's purpose is that "many brethren" come forth in the "image of His Son." You see, possessing the likeness of Christ is the reason of our existence! Conformity to Christ is the high calling of God for us.

Yet many Christians are sleepwalking. They have have the call, but they are entangled by the weights and sin of the world.

A new anointing is on the horizon for miracles of healing and deliverance. Imagine Christ manifest through you in your church and community! I believe in this very hour of darkness the Holy Spirit is bringing many sons to glory (see Isaiah 60:1-3).

Let In Christ's Image Training be a means of grace to help you reach your divinely appointed destiny: conformed to the image of God's Son.