“For whom he did foreknow he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his son so that he might be the first born among many other brethrens. Moreover whom he did predestined, them he also called: and whom he called he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8 vs. 29, 30)
God chooses his own, therefore, he knows his own. The Bible says many are called but few are chosen. When God chooses you, he labels you with a fundamental assignment, he chose you in the first place because he knew you; for instance, if you were asked to choose between your mother and your dad’s friend being seen for the first time, your mother would definitely be your choice (as expected) because you knew your mother all along, she cared for you and groomed you, you only choose what you know; if you had an examination with different options, your choice of answer would be the one you know, the same principles applies to the kingdom; you are chosen by God because he knew you; the Bible says, God foreknew us even from our mother’s womb. Why not? I ask; after all, he created us in the first place.
On knowing us, God gives us his character, the character to be like him in all our ways, this is our first gift after God recognizes us, he replaces our old ways with his own new character; the Bible says, old things have passed away and all things have become new. God gives us his image and takes away our image of sin, which is Gods initial intention for mankind; the Bible says again “let us make man in our own likeness” that is, in our own figure, in our own character, in our own personality, in other words, let man be similar to us, let man be like us, let us simulate ourselves, let us copy ourselves out, and this includes God’s own character. Jesus Christ came into the world as God in flesh so he possessed a perfect character and God gave us his own character after himself so that we can be siblings to Christ; therefore the reception of the character of God is an induction into Gods family, the church.
Being a Christian means being Christ-like; hence a Christian is expected to act like Christ and not display certain unexpected behaviours as in the old nature. The crux of the matter is that the world knows that; that is why when a Christian falters they say “and he calls himself a Christian”, they cannot be blamed because such character is unexpected of a Christian. A safe guide to any situation is to think like Christ himself by asking the question “what would Jesus do?” this you would only know by studying his lifestyle and his decisions across various situations from the Bible. After the privilege of predestination, God then calls us. God does not call the qualified, he qualifies those he calls.
The call signifies God’s anointing, commissioning and empowerment for the assignment. Anyone that works outside his place of calling will fall and will never fulfil destiny, one can only blossom in his place of calling no matter how unattractive it may seem. Your calling is your reason for living on earth; it is your purpose for existence. People begin to recognise the anointing in your life, but recognition is not enough , it is manifestation that matters, the Bible says, the world awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God i.e. God’s children, Christ’s siblings. In manifestation, the anointing on the life of God’s children becomes visible, realistic and tangible and therefore attested to by others (justification). God helps us to manifest his glory by keeping us in right standing with him. Now, this is where many where many Christians miss it, many do not fulfil destiny having gone far with God because of relapse, relapse to sin, unrighteousness.
Consistency in God’s character (righteousness) is the requirement to fully enjoy our father’s glory; and glory comes after the successful completion of a course; an athlete doesn’t get a medal before a race, the Bible says in Romans 8 vs. 18 that “….the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us.” Righteousness is the key to fulfilling destiny. The glory of God shall be revealed in us after we run the race well; the grand finale is unknown until the d-day. The Bible says, righteousness exalts a nation, in other words righteousness glorifies a nation. Righteousness (the sustained character of God) is what you need to earn Gods’ glory.