Before the Ages Began

“[The Lord] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:4-6; 2:10

The fact that we are eternal beings is lost on many today. Our culture presses in on the present with every nuance of pleasure, immediacy, urgency. We are told in varied messages that we must relish the here and now. We are forced into frenetic pace and pushed to the limits of experience, and we hear over and over that “this is all there is- milk life for all it’s worth, live every day as your last.”

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But the Bible teaches differently, and opens up the ‘so much more’ of life as God created it. If God has known us since before the world began, and created us in grace with holy purpose, and for His praise, grasping this adds dimension to our existence that is other-worldly and eternal, and should bring new inspiration and zeal to our every day. I cannot help but look differently on the days appointed me, the hours given, if I realize I bear God’s image and He intends I be fully conformed to it.

If God began a good work in me since before I was born, my life is never static, but on a beautiful continuum of sanctification that will one day be complete. As His forever child, living for the ages means my mundane cries for meaning and significance, and I desire to order my days and activities aright and with wisdom. My plans and work become vital with expectancy, driven by holy purpose, and an ongoing expression of gratitude. My senses are quickened to deeper insight, my vision to higher sights, my love more urgent. (Psalm 90:12,14-17; Philippians 1:6)

Where have I been duped into thinking what I do does not matter? In what areas do I make decisions, or engage in conversations, that are frivolous and lack purpose? How can I be more eternally intentional in my relationships and my endeavors?

Oh God, grant me a broader, deeper perspective, not only of the world around me, but of my life and days. Make me more like Thee. May I fully identify with You, and honorably bear Your name, and bring You glory, every hour I live.

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