the Performer

The Word for today:
Romans 16:1-16

Romans is an outline of God’s plan.

But God doesn’t just leave the plan on the paper pages of your Bible. Right now, he’s performing the plan:
Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

The entire Bible can be seen as plan (or promise) and performance. Prophecy, in fact, means nothing more than God performing his stated plan.

God says that he will arrange things so that everything will work out for the good of those who trust him:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)

The infinite dimensions and levels of “galactic chess” that are required to perform such a plan will not be fully understood until we can look back on its perfect implementation. But that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to appreciate it now.

Best of all, the book of Romans prophesies that you will be like Jesus:
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)

We call that process sanctification, but we forget that it’s not only a process, it’s a prophecy!

These mind-boggling prophecies will be fulfilled in each individual believer’s life. His Word is going to become flesh in my life and yours, just as it was in Jesus’ life.


The book of Romans is God’s script, and the curtain is up.

Watching it unfold–in history on a worldwide level, and day by day in your own life–is the greatest show on earth.


About Stand in the Rain Blogger

Trying to be who God made me, I am wary of my influences. I avoid the culture that surrounds me, for the most part. I soaked up that crap for 40 years. I am trying to replace the word of the world with the unvarnished Word of God.** I like people, but I like solitude just as much. Go figure.** I adore Jesus Christ. I am flipped-out, flamingly and fervently in love with Him. I count it a privilege to draw breath in His universe. All my springs are in Him.** I am crazy about my wife, Shelley. She outshines the sun. I can't help it if I'm lucky.** My heroes are my kids--Caitlin, Gwenlyn, Frankie, & Eddy. I aspire to be like them when I grow up.
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