“Change is the only constant in life.” (Heraclitus) “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (Quote attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.)
“In whom [Christ] also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory ….” (Ephesians 1:11-12 KJV)
The phrase “predestinated according to the purpose” leaped off the page while reading this week as part of my pastor’s call to special prayer and focus on the book of Ephesians. God spoke to my heart in a wonderful way through this verse as I contemplated the truth that his purpose for my life was determined even before the foundation of the world that he created!
The spirit seemed to take this thought process much deeper. First, the inheritance I have obtained began with salvation by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ “wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV) Thus began the many-times-painful process of change that endures even to this day as the chiseling continues.
I once heard a preacher say, “Everyone likes change, but no one likes being changed!” I challenge his presumption that “everyone likes change” simply because I resist change and sometimes vehemently so. However, I would wholeheartedly concur that no one likes the process of being changed. Yet, if I am to fulfill the purpose for which I have been predestinated, I must change! I must participate in the process of change by embracing it and aligning my heart with God’s purpose for me. Why? That I “should be to the praise of his glory….” What a blessed contemplation! Every change that Christ works in me should ultimately return glory and praise to him. O Lord, I pray it be so!
There is more change coming, of that I am sure. I sense that God has allowed this meditation to prepare my heart for things anticipated but yet unknown. He is allowing me to see that his changes are “according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will….”
The Lord be praised!