August 22 A Common Objective

scripture reading: Romans 8:28–30
key verse: John 3:17

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

  1. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity that God has a common objective in each Christian’s life:

Salvation is the changing from being confident about our own efforts to the state in which we despair of doing anything for ourselves and leave it to God. I know the words “leave it to God” can be misunderstood, but they must stay for the moment. The sense in which a Christian leaves it to God is that he puts all his trust in Christ: trusts that Christ will somehow perfect human obedience which He carried out from His birth to His crucifixion: that Christ will make the man more like Himself and, in a sense, make good his deficiencies.

In Christian language, He will share His sonship with us, will make us, like Himself, sons of God.

This is what God is up to in good and bad, adventure and drudgery, favor and misfortune. He wants you to be like Christ, and He equips you with the Holy Spirit to make you progressively so. In all things, God is working to help you enjoy completeness in Christ and become like Jesus in word and deed. This is God’s remarkable doing, and the common events of each day work toward this eternal purpose.

Heavenly Father, let me look beyond the common events of this day to see Your greater eternal purpose. Make me like Your Son, Jesus Christ. Empower me with Your Holy Spirit so that Christlikeness will become a reality in my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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