References: Romans 8:28
Unto the single end, salvation
So in one sense, yes, God’s focus is on you and your salvation. That is good news and comfort you and I can enjoy. Yet in this focus God’s glory is being revealed. There is no conflict in the purpose of God; it is one single-focused carrying out of His eternal plan of salvation.
The statement by Paul in Romans declares the purpose of God, saying Christians are “called according to His purpose.” When the catechism says “all things” in your life, it declares “all things” in this creation are subjected to the purpose of God, which ultimately is His glory through the salvation of man.
As God’s image bearers
So how does the salvation of man show the glory of God? Again, be aware that God made man in His image, to know God, love Him, and serve Him. When God’s work begins to take effect in you and in your life, He is working toward an end purpose. God’s goal is for you to be restored to knowing, loving, and serving Him.
We may fall into a dangerous trap and conclude, “Well, since this is all about God, He deals with everything in my life. I can now relax as a spectator and just watch as God works in my life.” If you believe that, you have no idea what your salvation truly is. Here is the thing. What does it actually mean that God is making Himself known in your recreation as an image bearer?
It means knowing God. Have you studied and learned everything to know about God? Paul prays that that the eyes of your understanding would be enlightened (see Ephesians 1:18).
It means your love for God becomes richer and fuller. Could you express your love for God in a greater way in your life?
It means your purpose in life is serving God. Are you doing all that you ought in God’s service, specifically as part of the church?
That God be praised in salvation
You see, genuinely embracing the statement, “all things must work together for my salvation,” means that in all these things God is indeed praised. Think about “all things” in your life this past week. In how many did your response praise God?
We grow into our true identity. That means you, created in His image, are being recreated in His image… and in that process, the glory of God is reflected.
God’s glory extends beyond His ability to simply save a wretched sinner, because He can and does restore you to love God.
Blog post content taken from a sermon series delivered by Dr. Maynard Koerner, President and Professor of Ministerial Studies at Heidelberg Theological Seminary.