This last week I received a number of very nice Birthday Cards, some funny cards, and a few presents. It was great! I am a very blessed man. (I'm fixed for Starbucks for a while!)
Dale Carnegie, the guy who wrote How to Win Friends and Influence People, tells how he used to not only do his best to remember people's names whom he met, he would also remember their birthday. He would write down the person's name as soon as he could and also write down their birthday. Then he would send them a card on their next birthday. He found that for most of the people to whom he sent a card, it was the only card they received outside of one or two cards from family. For some it was there only card.
Now that's a nice idea but that's not why I'm bringing it up.
It just occurs to be that just because you know some folks and even have some friends it doesn't mean you will be remembered when you would like to be.
Its not a sure thing! I am very blessed to be remembered by many people but it may not always be that way. I have had birthdays in the past where the only cards I received were from Marney, one my girls, and my sister, Donna, who is great at remembering things like that.
There is something that is guaranteed however.
The most popular verse in Romans 8 says:
Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
But have you ever asked Why is this the case?
29 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. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (ESV)
Here's the guarantee:
Everyone of THOSE God foreknows, He predestines to become like His Son.
Everyone of THOSE He predestines He Calls.
Everyone of THOSE He calls He Justifies.
Everyone of THOSE He Justifies He Glorifies.
EVERYONE of you who know Christ today, have been KNOWN by HIM for eternity past and your future Glorification one day is Guaranteed!
God may not send you a Birthday Card, but He has never forgotten you. Everyday He is working for your good, and conforming you to the Image of His Dear Son. And on the most important day that you will want to be remembered, He will bring you into His eternal Kingdom of Heaven, of which you are already a citizen!
There's a lot of good news in that passage!
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